In hard times there are hard choices to make …. there are sacrifices to be made while trying to balance the good.
I understand anger at higher bills. Bottom line — repairs have to be made (pictures proved it; the structures were falling apart. Mandates have to be met (both state and federal) and water needs to be bought, period.
This is not a time to bring in “rookies.” This is a time to have people who know our water structure stay right where they are. I was taught to vote … but to be educated in that vote.
I have participated in a few meetings where Mr. Osborne was a speaker. He knows this water system. He has done so much to make sure our county controls our water. ‘
Even the other candidates running against him had to agree on the issue of the buying Sly Park — saving that water for our county and ensuring that thousands of visitors come and play here — was needed and that it was very well-negotiated on Mr. Osborne’s part. By protecting the rights of the farmlands he isn’t doing anything wrong. We are an agricultural county that survives on tourism. If farmers can’t afford to raise their crops and animals they will leave, tourism will die and property values go down.
I have heard and read mud-slinging first hand … and all I can think of is: Anger is not a good way to present ones argument. I am not a farmer. I am not a Republican. I am not in “someone’s pocket.” I am someone’s grandmother who took the time to go to a couple of meetings to hear Mr. Osborne and Mr. Norris speak. They know our water structure, as does the whole board that is intact now. (People are always invited at these public meetings to listen to the board decide on issues.) To change it now, at this point in time, doesn’t make sense … it just doesn’t.