Some Buckeye residents hope to oust city mayor by holding community meeting over high water bills

Posted at 7:05 PM, Dec 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-10 21:05:51-05
A flood of outcries continue in the city of Buckeye over the high water bills that have not been to be explained
On Saturday, some residents organized a community meeting to collect signatures to get the mayor out of office. 
ABC 15 has been tracking this story for over a month, after some people said they were paying $700, $900 - even up to $2,000 a month. 
"We're going to start at the top and go all the way to the bottom if we have to until we get a change," said Jeff Hancock.
Hancock is a Buckeye resident who felt the drain from his wallet when he opened his water bill. 
He, like many others, have been able to get a credit to their accounts for that unexplained mistake. But now, he said - he is trying to speak out for those who paid the bill, without asking questions. 
"I mean, we have elderly people that it's either pay their... prescriptions or they pay their water bill," Hancock said. "And the city of Buckeye - they want you to pay your water bill or you get turned off."  
Hancock said he has the petition because the Mayor represents the city and the city did not work fast enough. 
"He wants to work on things, but it's a little too late for that," Hancock said. "I mean, we gave them a month and we've got no real answers." 
And Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck agrees with that. 
"We didn't start responding quick enough and I think that was our big downfall," Mayor Meck said. 
Mayor Meck told ABC 15, with a city of roughly 60,000 people - he does not know everything that is going on. But, he is working to do so now. 
"I'm looking forward to working with the people," Mayor Meck said. "And if they have recall set-up, I'll deal with it with the citizens, but I hope that they would come in and talk." 
After that community event at the Aqua Center in Buckeye. Hancock said - they have a little over 100 signatures on that petition. The city, telling him, he will need more than 1,000 signatures.