EID board votes to support small farms

By From page A5 | July 30, 2014


The EID board voted 3-2 at a contentious board meeting on July 14 to continue to support the small farm water rate with “qualified” livestock added to the mix.

The comments by the farming community were interesting:

Dr. Robert Shuman: “Farming is the music of life.”
My question for Dr. Shuman is: “Do you really believe that EID board members were elected to determine what I should value?”

Sue Taylor: “Has farming increased or decreased since you (two members of the EID board) attacked farmers?”
My comment to Ms. Talyor is: “The EID board was elected to direct management to operate EID in a fiscally responsible way, not decide who wins and who loses on the pricing of water. I’d like to know who these Solomons are that can peer into their crystal balls and shower favors on preferred industries that are going to provide the jobs for El Dorado County.”

Of course, the cost of service study is always held up to justify any pricing decisions. I was not involved in that study, but I suspect that it is seriously flawed and needs to be redone in a transparent setting with a fair representation from the ratepayer community both residential and agriculture. This issue will not go away until that is done and I strongly suspect that California’s water allocation problems are going to get worse in the future.

El Dorado Hills

Letter to the Editor

Discussion | 1 comment

  • cjAugust 10, 2014 - 9:14 am

    Darwin, that water we're fighting over was secured for El Dorado County by those small farmers in the 60's.. The theory being we must use it or loose it to down stream valley water districts. EID has eliminated their promise by using prop 218 as a hammer. Meanwhile, you're getting subsidized water from the eastern part of EDC. Water rates are high and going higher. The pumping from Folsom Dam will continue to escalate costs as well as the new subdivisions in El Dorado Hills. Start addressing growth in your area, or , incorporate to control your costs.



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