DUNCAN — I, like many other people, own a home on a city lake. When we purchased our home a few years ago, our lot lease was $100 a year. Last year it went up to $200 a year. And this month, without notice, we were informed that we needed to start paying for a lot monthly, totaling nearly $800 a year. In addition, we were all dropped off trash carts and told that we would have to pay for trash service whether we used it or not. I have many serious issues with this. First of all, many people who own a home on the lake only use it a few times a year, yet they are expected now to pay for trash service during all 12 months of the year. Second, I’ve never heard of someone being forced to pay for and accept a service such as this. We are not forced into having water service or electricity so why should trash service be any different? Thirdly, I am concerned with where all this money is going because it is certainly not being used to improve the lakes to my knowledge. In fact, last year, we had to mow and weedeat our own campsite at Duncan Lake. Lake residents should not have to bear the brunt of the city’s debts. It is completely unjust in my opinion. Most are on fixed incomes and simply cannot afford the increase. Does that mean they will be kicked out of their homes and off of city land? I know many people are now forced into trying to sell their homes because they cannot afford the rent for the land it sits on and who’s to say it will not continue to increase next year and in years to come. I, for one, no longer feel secure or trust in owning a home on city land. I would also be interested to find out exactly how many, if any, of the council and lake commission board members that voted this into effect have properties on the lake. I wonder if the outcome would have been the same if the pocketbooks of all those who voted for it were actually affected. I would encourage anyone hurt and affected by this increase to attend the next city council meeting. Even if it does no good, our voices should be heard and someone needs to answer for this.