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The following article was posted on February 26th, 2014, in the New Times - Volume 28, Issue 31 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 28, Issue 31

I am against creating this unfair water district

Connie Hall - Ground Squirrel Hollow

Dear Board of Directors,

I am a concerned resident of Ground Squirrel Hollow. I have recently attended a PRAAGS and PRO Water Equity meeting regarding the formation of a water district as a means to govern the water resources in our area. At first, I thought it was a good idea, and I signed my name to a piece of paper that was floating around the room, thinking it was for more information on the proposal. I also attended the recent CSD meeting that Debbie Arnold attended. It was at that meeting that I learned about purveyors.

I am disturbed that businesses are selling water from our aquifer to residents who can’t afford to drill their well deeper. This led me to research more, and I discovered that the proposed water district is biased toward agriculture. The water district proposal gives agriculture more votes, as stated in Section 1(b): “each voter shall be entitled to cast one vote for each acre owned by the voter within the district.” In addition, as a resident, I couldn’t vote for all the directors, as stated in Section 2(a): “Separate ballots shall be prepared and separate elections shall be conducted for those director positions which will be elected by resident voters and for those which will be elected by landowner voters.”

I believe that residents would not be fairly represented in the proposed water district, and I am against its creation.