Editorial: Governing is difficult, Part II
Another local example of a complex governing problem is what to do about electric rates in Clinton. We had said before and we’ll repeat – electric rates in Clinton won’t be reduced by any measure unless the cost of something else – water, property taxes, etc. – is increased a corresponding amount. Or services are cut.
City council can reduce electric rates if the citizens are OK with getting rid of the Department of Public Safety. Who needs police officers or firefighters?
Two incumbent city council members were replaced by the voters last week. We think electric rates in Clinton are the reason voters decided to replace Norman Scarborough and Mary Byrd with Ronnie Roth and Robbie Neal.
We wish the new members success and wisdom. We hope they will do their homework and make wise decisions based on the idea of doing what’s best for all our citizens.
But anyone who thinks electric rates are now going to drop in any significant way is living in a dream world.
The barking dog has caught the car. Now what?