Stop collecting money for a canceled project

By From page A5 | April 09, 2012

EDITOR: GDPUD misrepresents a “retrofit” of the Auburn Lake Trails water treatment plant what is actually a total plant “replacement.” It claims the mandate to add filtration requires a new plant. Kind of like being told you must buy a new car in order to meet the requirement to install seat belts.

The two “workshops” for the public input were either given one to two days notice or buried in legal notices where no one would see them.

At the meeting it was pointed out that in 2008, GDPUD requested a rate increase, “major reason” (their wording) to finance the Greenwood Lake project. In 2009 they cancelled the project as too costly but they continue to collect the funding today. A board member denied the project was the major reason for the rate increase so the original request submitted by GDPUD was read. The board went silent. One board member stated, “You make it sound like we are stealing thousands of dollars.”

What would you call the continued annual collection of $154,000, more than half of which was collected for a now cancelled project? Since the “major reason” for the collection was the cancelled project, you would think that at least 51 percent would be returned to the ratepayers.

The new proposal carries the same format with no guarantees of how much of the money will be spent on a questionably necessary plant “replacement.” But over the life of the loan for which this money is critical, GDPUD will collect over $12 million.



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