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Ranked Voting

 New York City Democrats are voting today in their primary for Mayor of the city.  They are using the ranked voting system. Don’t ask me how ranked voting works.  I have been watching how it kind of works on CNN.  You vote for your top five candidates and assign each a rank like one through five.  You don’t have to rank five.  You can just rank one if you want. 

It is going to take a while to count all the ranked votes. Like a few weeks.  I don’t know about that.  It seems like the poll watchers would get tired. You would have to do a lot of convincing and educating to get Commentary to support this voting system.  I will try to be watching closely. 

I really don’t have a favorite candidate in the New York City mayoral contest. 

City of H-Town water users are fixing to get a major price hike.  See this from today’s Chron: 

The biggest hike to Houston water bills in decades could begin next month, as City Council is expected to vote Wednesday on a plan to overhaul how much the city charges its utility customers. 

The plan would see most water bill rates go up by 47 percent over the next six years, with wastewater rates going up 63 percent. That includes jumps of 9 and 20 percent, respectively, this year if council approves the plan. 

Bills vary by customer type, meter size and water usage, but the most common bill for a single-family customer would see overall charges go from $27.39 now to $31.46 for 3,000 gallons of water in a month. By 2026, the bill would be $48.68, a total increase of 78 percent. 

A customer who uses 4,000 gallons in a month would see the bill go from $57.15 toI  $60.96 this year, and $88.78 by 2026. 

The median monthly usage for single-family customers is 3,400 gallons. Houston Public Works officials say nearly 60 percent of single-family customers will see an increase of $5 or less this year under the plan. More than a quarter of single-family customers will see increases of $5 to $20, according to Public Works

Mayor Sylvester Turner’s administration has said the hikes are necessary to comply with a $2 billion consent agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency the city signed earlier this year, a long-running legal issue stemming from sewage leaks that mostly occurred in poor neighborhoods and communities of color. The mayor called those spills “horrendous.” 

Here is the entire Chron read: Houston to consider biggest hike to water bills in at least 17 years this week (houstonchronicle.com). 

This will hit poor folks the hardest.  Same thing for folks with a modest fixed income.  

It seems like our water rates have been rising for a while.  I don’t know about raising the rates this much. I think the timing is very poor for a rate hike. It is kind of cold-hearted.

Just so you know, the days are now going to get shorter starting today. 

One of Commentary’s favorites is celebrating her BD today.  Happy Birthday to Marisol Valero! 

Back in the old days, Marisol and I would go to Astros games a few times each season. 

We have now won eight in a row. We lead the AL West by a game.  We had a no-no going into the eighth inning last night.  Wow! 

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