Nov 13, 2017
On December 24th of last year, the collapse of a big sewer pipe caused a 100-foot-wide, 250-feet- long giant sinkhole in the city of Fraser, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. The sinkhole forced the closure of a major road in the city, one home was partially destroyed, and 22 residences were forced to evacuate. A gas main, a water main, and a sanitary sewer tank were all affected by the sinkhole, so utilities were also shut off in the area.
Now, nearly a year later, the battle is on as to who should pay the 70 million dollars in repair costs. County officials argue that the taxpayers of the individual cities served by the pipeline should pay. City officials argue that the taxpayers of the whole of the county should pay.
But both groups of officials are passing the buck, intent on placing the burden on the laboring population for paying the costs for massive repairs that could have been prevented, IF regular key inspections and repairs and replacements had been done all along. If tax money were used for what it should be used for: roads, bridges, pipe lines, power lines – for the whole infrastructure.
Enough is enough. The population has paid enough. Ordinary people shouldn’t have to foot the bill for infrastructure repairs that should have been happening all along. Let all those government officials, past and present, foot the bill!