SANDY KUNZER OPPOSITION TO WATER DISTRICT
No! To this water district proposal
This proposed Upper San Pedro Water District (PWD)
would be an essentially powerless, redundant, government bureaucracy
with no visible means of support and the apparent primary mission of
pursuing the mirage of mythical Colorado River Water to be purchased
and brought to Sierra Vista with unavailable Federal funds!Proponents
argue that the mere existence of this PWD will guarantee “local
control” of our resource and will block any State or Federal
controls that either might want to impose on us.
Powerless: No ability to tax, impose conservation measures or
even investigate water use.
Redundant: City and County governments could do
anything the proponents conceive this PWD doing, if they would join
forces through the use of Inter Governmental Agreements.
Government Bureaucracy: Self-explanatory. Do we need another one?
No visible means of support: Usually derogatory when
said of an individual and no less so when applied to a proposed
government agency with no statutory funding source.
Mythical Colorado River water: Most agree that all
of the water in the Colorado River is already allocated to someone. We
would have to buy or rent water from other entities. How could we
outbid more affluent areas for purchase? Does renting water make sense?
Unavailable Federal funds: With proposed costs
currently being investigated by a Federal agency historically
well-known for underestimating costs, proponents say that the Federal
government will pay at least half of the construction costs of
hundreds-of-millions of dollars and also the tens-of-millions of
dollars of yearly costs of operation and maintenance. Of course, the
Feds have these funds just lying around waiting to give to us and we
have similar amounts easily available to pay our share.
“Local control”: Local wishes, laws and
agencies always trump similar items at higher levels of government.
Don’t they? I refer you to the current status of AZ SB 1070.If
this PWD is created, the State’s definition of a 100-year water
supply will tighten significantly. This could have the effect of
pushing developers towards unregulated lot-splits and away from legal
subdivisions where water-saving measures can and have already been
I am not waiting for “The Perfect Solution”. I am waiting for a rational proposal.
As one of the few publically declared opponents to
the ballot measure, I urge all voters to vote against the formation of
this PWD but for candidates who represent your views in case the
proposition does pass. I am willing to discuss or debate the question
in any polite, private or public venue.
Sandy Kunzer 4969 S. Laredo Pass, SV 85650520-803-8490