This has got to be one of the biggest jokes the City of laredo has pulled off in quite a while. Today's Laredo Morning Times includes an article about all city's proposed fee hikes. Of course this is now reportedly necessary because of all the mis-management going down at city hall.
The funniest part of all is that, in an effort to try to justify all these fee hikes, the city has put out a detailed report comparing Laredo to San Antonio and some Rio Grande Valley cities. How can anyone in their right mind try to compare Laredo to San Antonio? Like the old adage says "You can't compare Apples to Oranges". I guess anything goes when you're trying to impose such a vast array of fee increases.
Virtually every city department has put a long list of what fees they are willing raise, double, triple or even worse. Citizens using the newly-opened Haynes (Hines) recreation center, for example, would see their costs go from $10 per year to $15 quarterly. That's an increase of 600 percent from the current $10 annual fee to the proposed 60 bucks (15x4=60).
The library fees are scheduled to skyrocket as well. First of all, the amnesty program which was usually held during April of each year was recently gotten rid off. Users returning their books during the month of April were allowed to do so without any fees whatsoever. Perhaps that was a bit too generous but now the city is about to make up for it. Instead of the current 20 cents a day per book late fee, the city is proposing a 35 cents per book, per day penalty. Take that readers! Maybe the city's Public Information Officer was predicting the future when she commented recently on facebook that "no one uses the libray anyway"- or something to that effect.
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