Letter’s to the Editor: Not such a ‘good deal’ for citizens!
The new policy of combining civic services of Colleyville, Keller and Southlake may make the bigger government fans of Colleyville Bubble Life happy, but I just ran into the downside of supersizing. Like many Colleyville residents, I fondly remember the super and cheerful services rendered by Michelle at the old Colleyville Animal Control. If we accidently trapped a skunk in the course of trapping and relocating squirrels and raccoons out of our attic, a phone call to Michelle resolved our problem without stinky results.
Last night we set up a trap in response to raccoon-like noises in our attic. To our disappointment, we got a skunk instead. We called the joint Animal Control. They told us that pick up/haul off of any animal was now $30.00.
It’s not so much the fee itself, but that such services used to be provided as part of the non-trivial taxes we pay to Colleyville. But the philosophy now seems to be that in addition to taxes, you are going to be whacked for fees for services that were previously covered as routine city services.
I’m certain that city officials are much happier at this new ‘fee for service’ arrangement, but I’m not so sure the citizens are, or should be, so thrilled.
Thanks for reading,
Colleyville citizen since 1982