Letter: SLVWD campus cost far greater than stated
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In their quest for a 65 percent rate increase, the San Lorenzo Valley Water District has stated that their 17,500-square-foot new campus building in downtown Boulder Creek will cost $6 million. But it was recently discovered that the SLVWD had already spent nearly $3.5 million in pre-construction expenditures such as real estate, permits, landscape and architectural design. Now, after looking at their own accounting it appears there is an additional $3.3 million in loan costs and interest that must have slipped their minds during their press interviews, board meetings, and public relations missives. That’s a grand total of $12.8 million! All of this after having already spent $500,000 remodeling their existing building.

The SLVWD places this campus Taj Mahal in the category of “infrastructure projects” which is clearly an improper use of public funds, not to mention terribly misleading to the good people of the San Lorenzo Valley.

These facts and figures can be found in the district’s own “Final 2013 Water and Wastewater Charges Study.

For more information about community efforts to hold the SLVWD accountable to the citizens of the San Lorenzo Valley, please visit www.slvwd.co.

For documentation of the SLVWD campus expenditures, please visit http://www.slvwd.co/dp/content/white-paper-administrative-campus

It is time to start canvassing the intelligent people who live in the San Lorenzo Valley and find three new candidates to run for office in 2014.

Larry Fogelquist, Scotts Valley

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The Watchdogs
October 20, 2013
SLV Water Director, Randall Brown, Brings His Voice of Reason to Rosemary Chalmers, Good Morning Monterey Bay Radio Show (KSCO 1080 AM) on Monday Morning at 8:15

From the beginning, Director Brown has shown complete dedication to his SLV constituents and has continually questioned the excessive spending plans of the SLVWD board of directors.

“Hopefully, others on the board will rethink some of the assumptions behind the proposal and help craft a more reasonable alternative, but, unless it is significantly reduced, I will vote against it on October 24.”

Listen in on Monday morning to hear his dissenting position to the 65% rate increase that self-serving and entrenched SLV board members want to ram down onto the community.

Read more: Press-Banner - Commentary Water rate increase more about pet projects than improvements

Mark Messimer
October 19, 2013
Rosemary Chalmers to SLVWD Chairman Vierra: “Get a grip. Be an adult. Show up!”

Listen as Rosemary Chalmers, host of Good Morning Monterey Bay, KSCO 1080AM, updates her audience on Thursday night’s SLVWD Board Meeting.

Rosie, a Ben Lomond resident and SLVWD rate-payer has been a visible and out-spoken protester of the 65% rate increase. On Friday morning, she took to the airwaves and let it rip.

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