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Minutes with the Mayor: All Those Charges on Your Water Bill

In this edition, Mayor Gonzalez explains what that community service charge really is.

Patch gathered questions from readers, for  Mayor David Gonzalez. Now, Patch will regularly air a series of video responses to the questions readers voted as most pressing.

In this segment, Gonzalez is answering a question about the bi-monthly water bill Heights residents receive and the often confusing charges that appear on it.

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The Dark Knight August 09, 2012 at 02:17 PM
I just think it is hilarious to see that all the sour people who comment on the Patch are the sore losers who lost on elections for the City or the Park District. Are you still crying underneath your blanket because you lost and now all you have is this forum to tear down the winners?
Arthur W. Wiggins Jr. August 09, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Chicago Heights City Council needs to take a serious look at service cuts. The fireman issue makes plenty of sense. Recent David Gonzalez boasted that he eliminated towing/fining of cars by driver that were either suspended, revoked or no license. There is no reason to give a person that either has no license or a revoked license any break. Drivers with suspended license however is a different issue. A vast majority of drivers with a license suspension honestly have no clue that they are driving on a suspension. Illinois ability to give such notice does not exist. Fines and penalties toward individuals with revoked licenses and no license SHOULD be imposed. Individuals impeding traffic by either walking or standing in the street should ticketed and fined. The amount of tickets and fines for loud music should be increased. Chicago Heights is known for selling illegal drugs FOR YEARS....an open air drug market... enforcement against these activities and efforts to make the enforcement profitable for the city would give a positive view for Chicago Heights City Council. I feel that Chicago Heights City Council should seek legislation ( codes) that help bring our city back to a standard we can be proud of. Issues like this water bill, seat belt checks, what constitutes an abandoned car, and stop light cameras are the wrong way to make our city better.
Arthur W. Wiggins Jr. August 09, 2012 at 02:40 PM
The name calling is nothing but usurpation the real issue. The passions that we have for either side are great. I believe we all have point to makes. Our fight should be for democracy, and the definition of that is what the people want. I have heard way to many people in opposition of the fireworks which is about .27% of what this community service fee collects. Never the less it has been an expense that should not have happened. Our city needs service cuts.
evanswall2 August 30, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I agree Mr. Wiggins, why can't the citizens stop fussing or complaining to each other and do like most citizens in middle and upper class areas when they want something done, they get together and go to their state reps, if not city hall and show their concerns. We have to stop just chit chatting behind closed walls and make ourselves seen and heard, we are tax payers and we have rights. You are absolutely telling the truth.
evanswall2 August 30, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Mr. Wiggins, you should be mayor! My question is how do you get more than 10 people to a ward or city meeting. They are not listening to our concerns, most of them are either good friends or relatives with the people we have problems with. I have lived here in chicago heights practically all my life and have seen it go down, pretty soon it will look like Gary,Indiana ( a desolate) place with no life, if something don't change. You call the police and tell them about drugs and gangs, or domestic violence and it takes them forever getting there, you call 911 about it you get yelled at. Yes, anytime someone is fighting domestically and disturbing the peace, selling drugs it is an emergency. People should not be standing in front of your house smoking drugs, drinking, and especially walking down the street with a bottle turned up. what is going on, but the people in high places don't get out and walk the street until they want your vote and then promise sweet nothings.

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