Tampa water bill task force update & city spent $165,000 on Gasparilla
Today Tampa City Council heard an update on the administrationâs task force into unusually high water bills. Recently the council suspended the top billing tiers for the cityâs highest water users. Steve Daignault, the cityâs 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 forceâs 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 doesnât get a good return on that investment. Today, Tampaâs recreation administrator, Santiago Corrada, said this yearâs Gasparilla festival cost the city $165,784.87.
Corrada said that amount doesnât 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.comments powered by Disqus