Local governments saying no to storm drainage bills

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The GVDD “employs up to 17 full-time people for operating and maintaining the GVDD’s existing 128+ miles of open drains and 130+ miles of piped drainage facilities.” (Quoted off the website) 

GVDD was the forerunner of all irrigation in this valley.  If the municipalities are using GVDD’s equipment for drainage, then why should the GVDD not charge for the wear and tear. These charges in light of the fact that all levies to assess for support of GVDD have been voted down by this valley has left GVDD little choice but to assess fees to keep the valley infrastructure sound.

I hope Kevin Williams is drafting an explanation to this effect.  If the people of this valley think they can continue to underfund the very entity that provides them drainage, then I call that real “welfare” thinking.  Stop expecting the “government” to provide you with a service like water and drainage and not think you have to pay the piper.  The same is happening with our schools. If the county Commissioners and other “leaders” of Mesa County municipalities think they don’t owe GVDD, then GVDD should shut them off.  I for one am happy to pay for the privilege of water and drainage.  Those “taxpayers” not willing to pay their fair share….stop using the water and drainage!  You owe it to your community to pay your fair share.  Stop the me-me-me mentality and think about your community requirements for safety and health reasons. If you don’t think our infrastructure is in need of attention, go look under the 32Rd / Hwy 141 Bridge.  Infrastructure costs money.



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