Sign the petition; stop this project

By From page A10 | January 12, 2014

There’s a petition for an initiative so that Davis voters can vote on their water rates. I suggest you find the petition and sign it so we can get a chance to vote on and hopefully approve the initiative for two reasons.

The first reason is: The water treatment plant that we are being asked to pay for runs the risk of not being used and is, in fact, not needed. We are in competition with Sacramento for use of Sacramento River water. If a drought arises over a long period of time and both Sacramento and Davis put demands on limited river water, wouldn’t Sacramento win the contest? I think Sacramento would; however, it wouldn’t be a disaster for Davis since we have plenty of good ground water to draw on.

The likelihood of drought is high: During the period from 1827 through 1987 — a period of 160 years — California experienced 122 years of drought. So, in the event of drought, we spend money on something we can’t use but would have used better on other things. The good news is: If we don’t authorize enough money to build the treatment plant, it won’t be built!

The second reason is: our duty to make sure the city does not abuse the opportunity to capture as much money as it can under the guise of helping us get needed water. The city already has a history of abusing its responsibilities as regards how much it charges us for water. Do we really want to give them a blank check?

I’ve signed the petition and recommend you do as well.

Jim Leonard

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