Don’t be Chicken Little

By From page A6 | April 30, 2014

The sky will not fall if Measure P passes, nor will the world end for the city’s river water project. Measure P requests a redo of the water rate structure, so that water rates are equitable to all and understandable.

During the short interim of the “redo,” the city can easily cover the small difference between previous rates (that we would go back to if Measure P passes) and our current rates (that don’t jump up until next year, when it is too late to do anything about it). The city has water-fund reserves to draw from in the short term, and a new council will be able to put fair rates in place within a few months. So, with that, there won’t be any of the nasty defaults and penalties that the city is now crying about.

Measure P’s language and its petition for fairer and simpler rates have been known for at least 10 months. This uproar and “sky is falling syndrome” at City Hall is very much like the claims made before the last election that the wells were not safe, and that the deep wells were declining in quality and productivity. Guess what water you are now drinking, and still will be drinking, but mixed with river water, after 2016?

The main point of this letter is to encourage you to look for yourself. According to the Yolo County Elections Office, the county voter guide is in the mail and should be arriving any day if you don’t already have it. Please read the arguments for and against Measure P. And for good measure, check out the candidate statements. Then we can all make up our own minds about Measure P and other city business without relying on histrionic headlines and last-minute campaign claims.

Kathleen Flaherty

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