Voice of the People
To all tax payers and water users in response to the article in the
Chesterton Tribune, Tuesday, May 29:
Why should we the people that buy the water have to help pick up the price of
improvement of the Water Company? The Water Company is privately owned.
The money they get over the years - some is to pay for upkeep. Should we pay
U.S. Steel to upgrade their blast furnace or open-hearth? NO. The water
company is making lots of money. The water is not from wells they own, but
from our Lake Michigan, which is owned by the U.S. citizens, not the Water
Company. Any business knows money coming in is not all profit - some is for
upkeep and improvements.
The steel mill built a water inlet going out into the Lake. At that time it
was Illinois, then Carnegie-Illinois Steel, now U.S. Steel. They sold the
water works to Gary. It then became Gary-Hobart Water. It sold again and now
it is American Water Company (foreign owned). No one forced the company to
buy the water company. They knew they would make money. They are a private
company. Who can see their books? No one.
This is a money making company - not a public works. Why should they be