After reading campaign materials and thinking over how to vote on Measure I, I’ve decided to vote no. Why? My main reason is the fiscal impact of this expensive, unaffordable project, resulting in high rates for a project that is not needed now. Of concern to me is, if water rates increase three- or four-fold, then how will this community afford additional taxes for our children’s education or for our city parks and greenbelts? People will be forced to make choices.
I, for one, read Paul Brady’s Sunday letter to the editor, “Davis’ deep aquifer is safe,” which convinced me that we can meet our needs now and for a long time to come. This will require management of our deep aquifer and deep wells that the city certainly could provide. I am also convinced that the savings of continued public, city management of our water will keep costs lower and not waste taxpayers’ money on rates paid to a private-sector operator.
Voting down this project will give us and the city time to create an affordable, sustainable alternative to use surface water if needed in the future in cooperation with West Sacramento. I am an advocate for the private sector, but not when it comes to needed essential public services such as water.