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NID board’s timing questionable

In The Union, Sept. 14, N.I.D. General Manager Ron Nelson announced that the water district will “slow” its annual rate increases and start using some of its $65 million surplus to fund operations. Interesting that after 25 years of increases, they will finally try to live within their means. Even more interesting is that such an announcement would come within two months of the board elections. Instead of “interesting,” shouldn’t the operative word be “transparent?” The economics of “borrowing” in order to pay your bills is questionable, at best.

It is time that certain members of the Nevada Irrigation District Board learn that water is a valuable resource owned by the people and administered by N.I.D., not the other way around. In my opinion, there is only ONE board candidate with the knowledge, experience and intelligence that will work on behalf of the community – and it is not the incumbent. I truly hope that any contracts for the sale of OUR water to other counties and/or districts (The Union, Sept. 15) are closely scrutinized by the NEW board.

Bob Olesen



Penn Valley


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