MINNEAPOLIS - The city of Minneapolis is spending nearly $200,000 to sell something that would seem to sell itself: tap water...Minneapolis' water tastes awful*. But hey, if the city wants to drink their water out of a river, so long as they put it back when they're done so Missourians can drink it, more power to them.
But the real problem for some may be the product. The city's water comes from the Mississippi River and a spring run off gives it a taste and smell, that's just a little off.
But I find it very difficult to take the fiscal wailings of cities and states seriously, not only because they spend money on this sort of thing, but because they even consider that, even if they had all the money in the world, it's their job to do it in the first place. $200,000 spent on smarmy** commercials to convince people to consume a beverage they won't drink even when it's free is 200,000 reasons to appeal your property tax bill.
* Though it's probably better than it tastes in New Orleans after it passes through the kidneys of those living in Saint Lewis and Memphis.
** Seriously, I don't understand why the blonde doesn't just coldcock her tormentor after about 20 seconds.