In case you were wondering: no, this is not a repeat of an official announcement made by the City of Fortuna.
You might think of it more like a precursor to an announcement the City of Fortuna seems sure to make very soon. Or, you might think of it as a statement that Fortuna’s City Council has continually been making in their bi-monthly meetings.
You see, according to Fortuna’s Council meeting minutes, the good Council and City of Fortuna have apparently decided that there is something wrong with the City’s drinking water. That’s why they’re spending money – your tax money, Fortuna! – on bottled water service every frickin’ month. Here, check out a sample of the expenses, as detailed in their approved minutes:
Granted, we’ve presented only 3 examples. However, since we only looked at 3 randomly selected meeting minutes, and the expense appeared in every one, THC is confident in assuming that’s just par for the course.
One could argue that, hey, it’s not that big of an expenditure. Depends on where you’re sitting at. For THC, that seems like a fairly steep price when there’s perfectly good water coming from the tap nearest you.
Which brings us to the root of the issue here – why the hell is the City of Fortuna not okay with drinking the same water that they provide to the residents of their city? What’s so bad about the water? Or, conversely, why are they so privileged that they have to spend that extra amount of public monies – maybe even the same public monies that the average Jane/Joe in Fortuna are being charged for apparently substandard water – on extra fancy agua?
This blatant stupidity reminds us of the time when Arcata spent over $25k on a fricking lawnmower!! What the hell?
We call bullshit, Humboldt. It’s these kinds of pointless expenditures that get us real worked up, especially when the government comes around with their hands out because of budget “shortfalls.” Next time Fortuna tells you they need more of your money, you tell them to piss off. Then give them a cool glass of the tap water they won’t drink to ease the burn.
A special shout-out to one of our beloved readers for tipping us off to this hilarious little b.s.! She who will not be named is soon to be living the dream with the goodie bag we just sent off to her.