City Considers Counting Our Movements

Patrons will need to use the washroom so add a user fee.

In a recent post I used the above line to illustrate how the owner of a sports franchise could raise revenues without increasing ticket prices.

Needless to say,  I was surprised to read in the paper this morning that the city is looking at imposing a per flush user fee on  toilets in private homes.  They are actually seriously (apparently) looking at installing a meter on each and every toilet in the city and counting how many times we push down the handle.

When I suggested a washroom user fee I was joking guys.   I was not serious.

I guess I’m going to have to be more careful in the future.  The revenue (and idea) starved city bureaucrats are liable to jump on any idea that could generate revenue without increasing property taxes.

What’s next?  Another little meter attached to the dishwasher (why wash them if they are just a little dirty), a meter attached to the shower head (why shower if you are just a little smelly)?Where does it end?  Perhaps with a little camera or two in every home, hooked into the City’s CCTV network to monitor water usage and whatever other activities that the City thinks it might be able to apply a user fee to ?

Note to city bureaucrats and politicians:  The above examples are intended to make a point, they are a joke, NOT FOR IMPLEMENTATION.

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3 comments on “City Considers Counting Our Movements

  1. Fat Arse says:

    April Fool’s right? Please tell me you’re joking. Please confirm that “no tax” Sam is not contemplating imposing a “feces tax” on us… please say it ain’t so.

  2. Chris Burrows says:

    Hi Menno, surely that was an April Fools joke,because whatever water you use comes thru the water meter anyway?
    We should be encouraged to be less wasteful, but the flushometer would be ludicrous.
    ON the subject of April 1st. we moved to POint Douglas five years ago today,I love the place, I’ve met more interesting people and it has been great fun living here. I’ve met some really great officers from WPS.

  3. Menno Zacharias says:

    Ok, its an April Fool’s Joke but it was a lot of fun to see if I could perpetuate it. I must credit “Charmin Whipple” for the idea.

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