The City of Austin is ending a rebate program subsidizing the installation of water efficient toilets in apartments and businesses. Similar to the city’s push for solar panel installation, this potty initiative has overflowed the budget.

Just one month ago the city sought, and received, an additional $3 million (of your money) for its commode efforts. What’s more, they added an additional $500,000 (of your money) to promote the program.

It was after this new allotment of cash that, according to the Austin American Statesman, “some council members wondered if the toilet program had gone from asset to liability.”

No surprise here: the city is passing the buck to contractors blaming them for capitalizing on a program to make a buck.

Another fine example of how taxpayers get flushed by high-cost, feel-good government programs.

Daniel Greer

Daniel Greer is the Director of Innovation for Texas Scorecard.

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