City Councilman Brett Lee had an illuminating commentary in The Enterprise of Feb. 1 that allows us to put Measure I in context. What I concluded from the facts and assumptions outlined in the councilman’s statement is that Measure I is an insurance policy and our projected water rates are, at least in part, perhaps in substantial part, premiums on that water insurance policy, much like a health, accident or life policy. We are in good health now, but if something goes awry, we want to have some coverage.
As the councilman says, “Our drinking water meets all current standards.” However, he adds, “We do not know what the new standards will be, but it can be reasonably anticipated that the regulations will be more strict and we may have difficulty in meeting them.” This is the risk, but it is not certain that the standards will become more stringent or that we may not be able to meet them even so. Moreover, we face an uncertainty regarding premiums — they can increase.
Councilman Lee comes to his conclusions substantially based on his beliefs about likely scenarios. Like him, our votes will rely on our beliefs rather than the facts since, despite the assiduous efforts of the Water Advisory Committee, the facts do not speak for themselves.