Pswid Must Explain

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Editor:

An elected governmental board of directors, whether unpaid or paid, has an obligation to act in accordance with the expressed wishes of the public. At the recent PSWID budget/rate hearing, person after person quietly and respectfully expressed reasons why the PSWID proposed budget and water rates should not be adopted. With little regard for the public statements, the PSWID board voted to adopt the proposed budget. PSWID water users and taxpayers having no other choice will tighten their belts and pay the higher taxes and water rates.

However, PSWID water users and taxpayers should not lose sight of the $7.5 million bond that is included in the approved budget. This bond would just about double the water district’s debt to $15 million. PSWID, by its own admission, has no idea of how much this bond will cost, what the interest would be, etc. They have not made clear whether property taxes or water revenue will be used to pay the bond. They have not explained exactly how this money will be spent. In my opinion, they have approved the bond with no plan in place. With this approval, we, the taxpayers and water users, are left dangling with no idea of how future water rates and property taxes will be affected.

Before doubling debt to $15 million, PSWID must have a plan that is fully explained to the public. Most importantly, they must ask the public to agree to accept the additional debt.

Bernice E. Winandy

Comments

don evans 1 year, 6 months ago

Hey, at least you got a hearing. Town of Payson has been selling public municipal water to Brooke Utility for three years. The Town never asked for public input on this debacle. Good luck to your efforts.

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Robbin Flowers 1 year, 6 months ago

Bernice, "No other choice?" If it comes to it, I think you do have another option. Go to court. The "bond with no plan in place'' does in fact have a plan in place, not that the board or citizens know what that is. I feel confident they were not given all the knowledge that they needed to make this decision. Truth and Discovery is the only way, here. I can tell you that this situation is rotten to the core and "I can feel it in my bones." One of my areas of consultation is Law and Ethics. I do not hold any current badges in this area, but it is like riding a bike. If I had the right information, I would be able to extrapolate easily. In fact, I am willing to wager $10 bucks, that this situation runs into a stock exchange, collateralized debt obligations, complex derivatives, and probably a lot further.

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Pam Mason 1 year, 6 months ago

As we know from previous experience they tell us "we can put it in the budget but we don't have to spend it" Right now they refer to it as a "place holder" I don't care how low the interest rate might be on a $7.5 Million Bond, it will still have to be paid back by the people of Pine and Strawberry. Added to existing debt of $7.4 Million that is almost $15 Million! Why should we trust them given their spending track record and all of the information that is withheld or swept under the rug. The ACC were correct when they said the only people who would benefit were a small group of developers and realtors. Just look at the names of the people who took out legal action against BUI at the ACC, and count how many of them have had their lucrative payday since the district purchased the water companies.

Why would people attend the PSWID meetings when they are restricted from asking questions of the District Manager etc. If you dare to question their decision making you stand the chance of being verbally threatened or physically assaulted ask Sam Schwalm, better still take a look at the Roundup archives!

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Pam Mason 1 year, 6 months ago

As we know from previous experience they tell us "we can put it in the budget but we don't have to spend it" Right now they refer to it as a "place holder" I don't care how low the interest rate might be on a $7.5 Million Bond, it will still have to be paid back by the people of Pine and Strawberry. Added to existing debt of $7.4 Million that is almost $15 Million! Why should we trust them given their spending track record and all of the information that is withheld or swept under the rug. The ACC were correct when they said the only people who would benefit were a small group of developers and realtors. Just look at the names of the people who took out legal action against BUI at the ACC, and count how many of them have had their lucrative payday since the district purchased the water companies.

Why would people attend the PSWID meetings when they are restricted from asking questions of the District Manager etc. If you dare to question their decision making you stand the chance of being verbally threatened or physically assaulted ask Sam Schwalm, better still take a look at the Roundup archives!

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Deb Schwalm 1 year, 6 months ago

What's the clue to the purpose of the Pine Strawberry Water District (PSWID) with Ray Pugel - Chairman, Gary Lovetro - V Chairman, Ron Calderon mainly running the show? Pam said it best with the statement that the ACC were correct when they said the only people who would benefit were a small group of developers and realtors. We could provide a list of "SWEETHEART DEALS" of all the well-connected in the Pine Strawberry Area since the existence of the PSWID but then again, PSWID would just deny it and say it's "misinformation" which is their usual MO. Also, Ray Pugel has said in the past that he wants Pine developed into the next "Sedona". Does he care about the people who can't afford their water bill? NO-NO-NO. He just wants to develop the area and push those who can't afford it OUT! With his boyish charm and slick realtor charm, he stands before the public says he emphathetic to the people of Pine-Strawberry but in fact, he benefits from their leaving. He benefits from their selling. He benefits from new purchases. He benefits from developing new subdivisions. Can any say 'CONFLICT OF INTEREST?"

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