Congratulations to Nipomo voters for their timely rejection of a previous district plan to construct a $26 million Santa Maria pipeline based on raising property taxes.
Cambrians pay extra property taxes for creek water. California politicians are considering making the increasing of property taxes easier by weakening Proposition 13 voting requirements. A Nipomo group is objecting via litigation against two repeated district attempts by currently borrowing $4 million instead of using $4 million of existing funds. The maintenance of current assets is considered the correct usage. However, lengthy litigation could erode this.
A concern is when alternatives such as conservation incentives, storage, desalination and recycling are not evaluated. Tunnel vision, excessive overhead and satisfying projected future water needs on the backs of current property owners are examples of governmental weaknesses.
The author suggests: if necessary, continue voting and require the use of life cycle cost evaluations for each alternative to identify the most cost-effective water supply enhancement concept. Any available grant should be unbiased and credited to each alternative to maintain evaluation and selection fairness.