Colorado River District supported on tax increase for water storage |

Colorado River District supported on tax increase for water storage

The Colorado River District has been the voice on water matters for 15 counties on the Western Slope, including Summit County, for about 65 years.

I had the privilege of representing Mesa County on that board for a period of six years. I have watched that board carefully since that time. In my opinion, as citizens, we could not ask for better representation on water issues affecting the Western Slope.

In this year of drought, the public’s attention has been focused on water. The River District is attempting to respond to the focused concern of the citizens by proposing Referendum 4A.

Developing and utilizing water is very expensive. The money sought to be raised through Referendum 4A by the River District is primarily “seed money.”

This is money that can be used with matching federal, state or local monies. This is money that can be used as an incentive to develop water projects that provide the necessary backup during times of drought. These funds will be legally committed to develop “wet” water supplies, increasing efficiencies and preserving and enhancing water quality.

Since you are interested enough to read this letter, kindly pour yourself a drink of water, thing about our future, and vote in favor of Referendum 4A.

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