The City Council argument in favor of the Woodland-Davis Project misrepresents the facts. Davis’ groundwater has not deteriorated in quality or quantity. Our water is becoming softer as the city has added deep wells. Davis meets all current water quality standards, and we should be able to comply with future discharge requirements without surface water. Our groundwater levels are recovering every year, indicating the supply is adequate.
Adding surface water is desirable, but not at any price. Davis’ new sewer treatment plant and the water project will cause Davis to have one of the highest utility rates in the state.
This project is not affordable. Many Davis households cannot afford a tripling in water bills. Half of our households make under $60,000 per year. Higher water rates make it unlikely that we will pass future school and park tax measures requiring two-thirds of the vote.
Businesses will avoid locating in a community with costly utility fees, and Davis’ property values may fall as home buyers look for communities with lower rates. The project’s costs will burden future citizens — including our children — with a huge debt load.
Many California municipalities are in deep financial trouble. We need to explore more cost-efficient solutions, such as a regional treatment plant, before risking so much of our community’s future on this extraordinarily expensive project. Visit www.noonmeasurei.org or call 530-756-6856 to learn more.
William D. Kopper, mayor of Davis 1982-84, and member, Davis Water Advisory Committee; John R. Munn, Davis Board of Education, 1997-2001, and director, Yolo County Taxpayers Association; Holly Bishop, former member, Davis Open Space, Finance and Economic commissions; John F. Pamperin, Davis pastor; Les Portello, volunteer, various local senior citizens programs