It's exactly this kind of name-calling, this dismissal of a real regional approach to Milwaukee problems in favor of Waukesha exceptionalism, that will push Milwaukee officials to dig their heels in on a water deal contract.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Waukesha might find a deal with Racine or Oak Creek that does not include regional cost-sharing, but the pipes to bring in the water will be longer and more expensive.
Their water is more expensive and of lesser-quality than Milwaukee's, and their treatment plants may need major expansions - - which I assume will be paid for by Waukesha.
Having to meet these costs isn't being called extortion, but it will surely be pricey.
State Sen. Mary Lazich, (R-New Berlin) went down that goofy road to attack New Berlin's deal with Milwaukee that included a $1.5 million payment for the 20-year deal.
$75,000 a year - - or 12 cents to each Milwaukeean annually.
Some extortionists, those Milwaukee thieves!