Do not force a water district on Paso Robles
February 10, 2014
OPINION By CAROL ROWLAND
The formation of the proposed PR Basin Groundwater District would be by votes based on acreage. There are 4,906 landowners. It would only take an estimated 30 to 50 large landowners to establish it, 30 to 50 people should not be able to force this district on the rest of us. The vote should be one person one vote.
Then there will be an election for a nine member Board of Directors for this Water District. Three members to be voted on by registered voters. The remaining six members will be by landowners divided into three groups based on acreage. Within each group, the votes will still be based on acreage. Confused?
The election of the Board of Directors should be based on one person one vote. Period. Simple. We all need a voice. A water district needs to provide representation for all of us who depend on the Paso Robles Basin, not a water district created and controlled by the very people who have been heedlessly depleting the aquifer. Based on what these people have done so far, I shudder to think what placing this power in their hands would mean.
Come to the SLO Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday Feb.11th. See what’s happening. Make your voice heard.