Why can't you just cut the budget to make up the difference and not raise rates?

The city cut expenses where feasible, but the cuts do not come close to making up the deficit. For example, non-fixed costs (electricity, treatments, chemicals, etc.) are cut as the lower volume of water is treated. Basically, every $1 loss in water sales due to lower consumption reduces discretionary expenditures by only $.25. Fixed costs (labor, debt service on bonds, required maintenance) remain roughly the same, regardless of the water used.

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1. Why is the City just now issuing water violation citations is Stage 1 went into effect in January?
2. How do I know if I received a citation?
3. What are the Dos and Don'ts for a water restriction enforcement employees?
4. What do I do if I receive the water violation notice?
5. How can I report a violation?
6. How does the long-term resuse project work?
7. Why can't you just cut the budget to make up the difference and not raise rates?
8. So, why can’t the City cut fixed costs?
9. What are some of the main reasons water rates have gone up?
10. Are you going to do anything to minimize the impact on water users?
11. Why does this seem to only be happening in Wichita Falls?
12. Why is my water bill still pretty high?
13. How do I read my water bill?
14. What is a CCF?
15. Why doesn’t the City use gallons instead of units?
16. Did the City wait too long to start looking for more water?
17. Is the City still looking at building Lake Ringgold?
18. Why didn't the City dredge Lake Wichita when the Corps of Engineers or highway contractors offered?
19. Why doesn’t the City use Lake Wichita as a water source?
20. How much are the water violation fines?
21. Why are the fines for water violations so much and who gets all the money?
22. What is the Water Resources Commission and what do they do?
23. I thought the City Council was making all water restriction decisions.
24. What is a Drought Plan?