First, Progress Energy has to present their case for a rate hike (or reduction) to the NC Public Utilities Commission before it can be approved and enacted. Because CFPUA was structured in such a devious and self-serving manner by crooked politicians, it is under no such requirement...and have you EVER seen them pass a rate reduction, as Progress has? HA!

Second, what Progress Energy pays their employees is a matter for Progress Energy's board of directors and ahareholders. It is a publicly owned corporation with multiple income streams and thus there is no method to directly correlate employee salaries and electricity rates. CFPUA has one source of income and any bonus has to be paid from that single income stream.

All that notwithstanding, I understand the debilitating effect of long-term wage stagnation and lack of any material reward for going above and beyond. Perhaps CFPUA could find money to provide a bonus and raise by restricting the number of management personnel to a number that doesn't require the use of scientific notation, reducing the number of brand-new vehicles that appear seemingly daily, and adopting a rate structure that is based on an account's true water consumption, rather than some lofty, Socialist ideal of wealth redistribution through bulk rates.

Also, I hope that you understand "guilt by association" is a natural law of the universe. Anyone associated with CFPUA is immediately branded as "the enemy" because of the number of people who despise CFPUA, so there will naturally be a lot of opposition to any bonus. And while I realize that it's no consolation to you, the employees at Progress may soon see what was a great company and rewarding career evaporate in front of them when the Vandals from Charlotte arrive and gut the company.

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