Open letter to City Council

Dear Editor:We own two pieces of industrial properties in Downey. Both have meters supplying fire hydrants and sprinkler systems. I recently received bills reflecting a 101 percent increase in these "fixed fee" meter charges. Thinking there must be an error, I went to City Hall to inquire, only to be told that the City Council had approved this increase in the middle of this current recession. Are you on the same planet? businesses in Downey are struggling with vacancies and poor sales, and you think the solution is to add to the burden? We are asking the City Council to reconsider this lunacy and roll back the rate to a more managable one. -- David and Gary Justice, Downey

********** Published: October 20, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 27