Saturday, October 30, 2010

What You Can Expect

Mary Brown and I have run a good hard honest campaign and have not resorted to any negative campaign tactics.  We have shown the voters that we follow the rules, have no special interest other than helping get our CSD and will fulfill our fiduciary duties to the district and to the community in a courteous adult manner.  We have suffered enough from CSD boards more interested in fighting each other than in the welfare of the District.

If elected, we intend to bring the following suggestions to the board and if the board approves we will work hard to see them through.

1.      Make sure that the ad for General Manager is published in all newspapers for our area and on the various industry websites

2.      The formation of a Grants Committee to actively seek out funding for infrastructure improvement and upgrading the entire treatment plant.

(We have researched this and there are stimulus monies from the American Recovery Act, grants available from the EPA and USDA just to name a few.  We also have someone who has written grants for Public Agencies that will volunteer to help.)

3.      Re-do the Prop 218 to include anywhere from 5-10 ccf's included in the $47 monthly service charge and to set tiered water rates.

(We are  waiting for the usage figures from CSD to determine if this is feasible)

4.      Analysis how CSD operates as a whole and see if there is anything we can do to make it more cost effective.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


At the CSD meeting, yesterday the board voted to start the Prop 218 process on raising the monthly service fee. According to the auditor if the board does nothing CSD will be out of money sometime in April.  According to our CFO says we could go another year if we use the monies in our LAIF leaving no monies for any major repair needed.  

This means that on your Jan 1st bill your monthly service charge will increase by $20.00 (74%) and then go up $2.00 more each year from Jul 1, 2011 to Jul 1, 2015. 

At the meeting Wes Barton (ex CSD pres) stated that he was going  to an  association meeting of Private Water Service Providers and said we would be much better off privatizing CSD.  This is something that he has been working on since he was on the board and maybe even before.

Those of you that think we would be better off privatized need to read   Private vs Public Water  Here is a few facts to ponder.

A 2006 California Water Rate Survey show that households in districts with privately owned systems are paying, on average 20.28 % more per month for clean drinking water than households served by either municipal systems or special water districts created by citizens and overseen by government officials. 

In the United States, regulations limit the profits of private water companies to a margin of approximately 10 percent.  However, companies get around this by leveraging their assets.  In other words, instead of using money they had borrowed for needed improvements to water operations and infrastructure, the companies invest in side businesses or other activities that diversify their operations to increase profits. In general, private companies have incentives to spend more on investments not directly related to the original purpose of improving water infrastructure so that more money goes into the pockets of corporate shareholders and executives.  

In California, three of the six corporate water companies reported a combined income of $78.88 million in 2006.  

I think what is most upsetting to me is that we ratepayers are always left holding the bag and I saw no real effort from the district in reducing their operating costs.  We really do not have a choice on the rate increase; as the board will vote on it end of November. We do have a choice in the directors we elect to get us out of this mess.

Mary Brown and I have real life experience in business and finance and I served on the Assn board successfully for my 3 yr term and improved the finances without raising the dues.