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The water lines that run throughout Tucson are owned by the city and city employees do most of the maintenance but for major expansions....hey call in private contractors. Roads? Same thing. Electric and Gas....supplied by private companies. Fire? well, if I live in the city it's a city crew that handles things but if I live in the county I deal with a privately owned fire company.
Wooyarn, it isn't that the government must provide certain services. It's just that for the sake of convenience we have chosen government for that purpose. It could change back in a heartbeat if we wanted it to.
The investor owned utilities had cut back on maintenance, thus generating larger profits, and sizable bonuses for executives. The difference was that money spent on maintenance and making the system more reliable in the municipal power companies was spent on executive bonuses in the investor owned companies, resulting in more outages and longer outages, for the same money.....
I have a ton of work that needs to get done this week... when can I expect someone from the government to arrive to help with it?
Take a good hard look, it's coming.
They also vote for the people who use public funds to build roads, sewers, all kinds of infrastructure.
If you want to see what an area looks like without infrastructure, we have those too, but hardly anyone chooses to live there.
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