Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. 

In November of 2017, the council approved an increase to our water rates effective January 1, 2018.

The average person would conclude that any water used from January 1, 2018 onward  would be billed at the higher rate.

Although this just seems like common sense, that is NOT how our city government viewed the rate increase.  The city charges according to when the bill is generated.  So if your water bill is generated in January, your rate increase is retroactive back to September.

Can this be?  Paying for something based on when the bill is generated as opposed to when you used it?  Does this make sense? 

The public works, finance department and City Council all responded with a resounding YES.  Even though the rate increase wasn't approved until November 2017 effective January 1, 2018, the city charges according to when the bill is generated, not when the water is used.  By using the bill generated date, it allows the city to collect more from citizens  so the city can reach their revenue projections.  

"Government sense" does not equal common sense.

I will use common sense integrity and do what's right and fair for the people.