The latest report from Tucson Water reveals that 56 percent of the survey takers say they like water that's got a mineral count of 450, while just 29 percent prefer a blend that has a mineral count of 650. Even after people learn that the higher-quality water will require construction of a big ol' reverse-osmosis treatment plan that will increase today's average $19 monthly water bill to $33, 49 percent of those still prefer the lower mineral count, while 35 percent say they'd rather have more minerals for a future $26 a month.
Want to stick with our current low mineral count at low cost? Sorry, but thanks to our rampant growth, that's just not an option. For more details on the survey and to participate, visit www.decisionh2o.com.
In not especially related news, Tucson Water and the Environmental Services Department (aka the sanitation department, aka the garbage department) are getting divorced after less than two years in a loveless marriage of convenience. The Tucson City Council formerly voted to split the two departments, which were merged because city officials said Tucson Water's experience in customer service and billing would help ease the implementation of a new garbage fee, which looks like it's here to stay despite promises from Democratic council members to the contrary in the 2005 election.
The Associated Press noted that "Calderon entered through a back door and appeared suddenly on the speaker's platform, which was the site of three days of fistfights and sit-ins by lawmakers seeking to control the stage. Physically protected by dozens of lawmakers and flanked by outgoing President Vicente Fox, Calderon swore to uphold the constitution in comments almost inaudible over the noise."
After taking the oath, Calderon beat a hasty exit, according to the AP report.
Meanwhile, the man Calderon defeated, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, continues to dispute the election results and has set himself up as pretend president of a "parallel government" that has as of yet unclear powers.
"The text of Proposition 203 states unambiguously that the amount of the new tax is four cents per cigarette," Goddard noted in his opinion. "The unambiguous statutory language is not altered by the misprint in the ballot description."
Gov. Janet Napolitano appointed Elliot Hibbs, a former director of the Arizona Department of Revenue, to serve out Petersen's term. State Sen. Dean Martin will be sworn into the office in January.
"Elliot's more than 30 years in leadership in state government, especially as the head of two state departments, provides the necessary experience to serve as the Arizona state treasurer," Napolitano press-released. "He will work closely with Treasurer-elect Martin to ensure the transition for the state is smooth and our money is safe and secure."