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PAWSD election

Dear Editor:

Ballots for the election of two board members for the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) will be going out in early April and voters have a choice:

If you like your water rates — which are the highest in the Four Corners area — you can keep your high rates. If you like the approved plan to raise those rates another 18 percent, you can keep that plan. If you like the way the incumbent PAWSD Board President is spending those rates and nearly all of PAWSD reserves, you can keep the incumbent too.

But, if you’re like me and are disgusted that candidates for office make all sorts of promises they don’t keep and once in office have no trouble spending your hard earned dollars unnecessarily, then please join me and vote for Paul Hansen and Gordon McIver, two commonsense businessmen who understand the need to be tough on the PAWSD budget and easier on the customers’ budgets.

We have a chance to send a message to the board by not re-electing the incumbent, who first supported a 32 percent rate hike and then cast the deciding vote for an 18 percent increase in water rates over the next four years. The only two board members to vote against this increase were Glenn Walsh and Mike Church.

The incumbent also voted against requiring voter approval of any new bond measures and has stated that property tax limitations don’t “allow PAWSD to share in the prosperity of the community”. Apparently the highest rates and the highest debt aren’t enough “prosperity” for him.

It is time for PAWSD to leave a little “prosperity” back in our community.

We need to stop the insanity of re-electing people who don’t keep their promises and the water board is a good place to start. Please vote for Paul Hansen and Gordon McIver in this important election.

If you want further information about water rates or PAWSD, it is very easy, even for someone as technologically challenged as I am. Just Google water rates for different towns and you can see what their rates are and compare them for yourself. You can also find some excellent articles by retired engineering professor John Ramberg by Googling “pawsd john ramberg”.

Dagmar Huffman

This story was posted on March 20, 2014.