Tampa water bill task force update & city spent $165,000 on Gasparilla listen03/03/11 SeÃ¡n Kinane
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Today Tampa City Council heard an update on the administrationâ€™s task force into unusually high water bills. Recently the council suspended the top billing tiers for the cityâ€™s highest water users. Steve Daignault, the cityâ€™s utilities administrator, said only a small fraction of the spiked bills are due to tiered billing.
Daignault said the water bill task force has taken some steps to alleviate the problem.
He said they are still investigating potential causes for the large number of unusually high bills.
The water bill task forceâ€™s full report will be presented to city council on March 17.
Several weeks ago, some Hyde Park residents asked Tampa City Council for an audit of Gasparilla. They feel the city spends too much on sponsoring the event and doesnâ€™t get a good return on that investment. Today, Tampaâ€™s recreation administrator, Santiago Corrada, said this yearâ€™s Gasparilla festival cost the city $165,784.87.
Corrada said that amount doesnâ€™t include the cost of salary for Police officers because they did not get overtime and would have worked anyway. He told council he considers the value of the police officersâ€™ time for that day an in-kind donation to the festival.