On his website and on the Dave Congalton Show, District 4 supervisor candidate Jimmy Paulding has parroted supervisors Adam Hill’s and Bruce Gibson’s claim that South County residents are in line to pay money for North County water basin management.
A baseless claim as San Luis Obispo County staff reports show that the South County will be a larger recipient of basin management monies than the North County.
As a result of the drought, the state now requires management of water basins. San Luis Obispo County has five basins, and while those under municipal water districts have their own management plans, fringe areas around those districts are in need of management plans.
The board majority voted to spend $6.1 million over five years on developing and implementing management plans for the fringe areas, with the largest chunk going to South County, not North County.
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Projected costs for basin management in the South County:
Santa Maria Basin in the Nipomo area, $2,317,615
Cuyama Basin in South County, $212,762
Projected costs for basin management in the North County:
Paso Robles Basin in North County, $385,600
Atascadero Basin in North County, $12,000
But what do facts matter?
S.C. Tannler, Morro Bay