Has anyone noticed that Hooper has decided to stop lurking in the shadows and is putting some input into the Standard-Examiner? So far, news has been mundane, so I have a real news flash for you. Families looking to relocate and build a new house, listen up! Unless you are among the well-to-do, be advised to avoid Hooper's infamous "mid-section."
After paying an outrageous amount for a building permit and impact fees, you will pay several thousand for sewer impact and hook-up fees. Then fork over 1/2 share of irrigation stock worth at least $5,000, and a hefty hook-up fee for mandatory secondary water.
We also have a brand new sewer tax added on to our property tax. Mine was $80 a year and you can bet it will go up yearly.
Now, if you're rich enough to get settled in, you will pay $75 monthly to flush your toilet and water your lawn year around. With the new tax, it will cost about $1,000 per year to flush and water.
One grand every year would be a good stimulus package and people not in the mid-section are realizing just that, because they live in the right part of town. It's a shame that only a portion of the citizenry are paying for Hooper to be a city, and the rest remain unscathed.
It ain't pretty to live in a small town were we have more politicians than there are in the county, and we're led by a mayor who suffers from a condition know as "Common Sense Depravation."
They just don't get it. They've never been able to realize that the highest office in government is the citizen.
A grand a year for flushing and watering is unheard of anywhere except Hooper.
Just a friendly word to the wise: If you ain't a rich kid, you'd do well to say out of Hooper's midsection.