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PAWSD voters, please choose a more honest, sensible and affordable future next Tuesday.
Paul Hansen and Gordon McIver have made clear commitments:
Hansen and McIver will vote to freeze water rates for a minimum of two years and join Director Mike Church and me in a line-by-line budget overhaul aimed at deepening that freeze into future years. Is the freeze affordable? Well, most of the planned rate increase over the next two years is dedicated to a set of silly “master planning studies” justifying the next decade of budget-busting projects.
Paul and Gordon’s approach: Stop the decade of spending by stopping the “planning for spending” today. Save now so we can save later.
Hansen and McIver will stop the excuse making about our 40-45 percent water losses. Candidates who claim that 40-45 percent water losses cost $90,000 per year (1 percent of PAWSD $9 million water budget) and claim the only solution is a complete $75 million replacement of water mains are a big part of the problem, and no part of the solution.
Paul and Gordon have committed to a watertight plan: pressure test the lines, dig the holes and repair the leaks. Then repeat until the job is done.
Hansen and McIver have made a commitment to support no new debt. PAWSD is currently staggering under nearly $40 million of debt to create a system which can produce 10 million gallons each day for customers who use one million gallons each day. PAWSD voters were not permitted to vote on nearly $30 million of the debt which funded this overexpansion.
Paul and Gordon’s commitment: Every dollar of debt requires voter approval.
Hansen and McIver are committed to maintaining and sustaining the Town’s Snowball Plant. Snowball is the most efficient plant in the PAWSD system: gravity in and gravity out. Snowball produces the highest quality water in the PAWSD system. The plan to replace Snowball with a massive pipeline and pumping project from the West Fork of the San Juan to the upper section of the Dutton Ditch is a financial and environmental nightmare.
A nightmare we will never wake up from.
The under-the-table moves and comically lowball estimates used to push this disastrous plan leave a bad taste in my mouth. If you live east of Piedra Road, this project will leave a bad taste in your mouth every day for decades.
Hansen and McIver have committed to honest over-the-table business practices. Every contract will be bid out fair and square. Sensible repair and replace projects can be bid on by local firms. Multi-million boondoggles are paydays for out-of-state consultants, engineers and contractors.
If you support proposed 31.8 percent rate hikes, more debt without voter approval, endless excuse-making about 40-45 percent water leaks and no-bid multi-year deals for preferred contractors, you can keep all that by re-electing Allan Bunch.
If you want a commitment to sensible and practicable change starting next month, please vote for Paul Hansen and Gordon McIver at PAWSD offices on Tuesday, May 6.