Why is it so hard for DB CSD officials to be honest and accurate when they talk to reporters?
In the June 23 Discovery Bay Press story regarding the next year’s budget and the next two years’ water/sewer rate hikes of more than 30 percent, DB CSD General Manager Rick Howard is quoted as saying “there are no dollars in this budget that help support future development.”
That statement is not true. The 2011-12 DB CSD budget contains dollars for a new well that the town’s own consultants have said, in writing and on the official record, is needed to “serve projected growth …” I believe Mr. Howard’s inaccurate and misleading statement has tainted the protest process whereby we have until Aug. 3 to object in writing to the two-year rate hike. This rate hike was predicated on more than $600,000 in spending to partially complete a new well.
Why are the developers not being asked to invest up-front in this new well (and other infrastructure expansion) as they seek to profit from building more houses in DB? Why, in these economic times, are the current residents of DB being asked to pay for new infrastructure that will primarily benefit developers in their quest to build more housing tracts … and yes, these housing tracts are already in the county approval process.
If this does not seem right, you have the opportunity to submit (by Aug. 3) a signed Statement of Protest (protest of the two year water/sewer rate hike) to the DB CSD at 1800 Willow Lake Road. If enough residents submit a protest, the CSD board will be forced to readdress this issue and hopefully shift the infrastructure expansion burden away from the current residents and onto (prospectively) those who are seeking to profit.
I believe seeking to utilize the residents’ water and sewer funds in this way and not being up-front about it only serves to further undermine the DB CSD’s credibility.
Jeff Barber, Discovery Bay