We are raising awareness and understanding of why Vallecitos Water District rates are high, and what can be done about it.
San Marcos Water and Politics: The Price We Paid
On October 23, Former Vallecitos Water District CFO Tom Scaglione, presented a lecture during Palomar College Political Economy Days on San Marcos Water and Politics: The Price We Paid.
Since 2013, Vallecitos customers paid $54 million toward developer obligations. That’s 16% of your water and sewer bill that you should not have paid.
Recent Board action has ensured that customers will pay up to another $35 million in the next five years to subsidize development – per their own financial forecast.
People ask me why hasn’t the media picked this up. The behind the scenes finance and political influence is difficult to understand. Developer special interests are well funded and wield significant local power. It would take confident understanding and rare courage for a journalist to take this on. Thank you to Stephanie Stang from Coast News who did cover the lecture. Check out her article.
Watch the recorded lecture and view the presentation slides to learn how this happened and what can be done about it. Encourage all Vallecitos Water District customers you know to watch as well. Facebook postings would greatly be appreciated.
Attend VWD Board Meetings
Vallecitos Water District Board of Directors meets every first and third Wednesday of each month at 5 pm. Attend and provide public comment expressing your concern about the breaks given to developers at the expense of ratepayers. For agendas and more information.
BIA and Developer Payments to Martin and Sannella
Vallecitos Water District (VWD) Board Members Mike Sannella and Hal Martin receive campaign contributions from the Building Industry Association (BIA) and developers. Even though the two-member standing committees of VWD must, by policy, rotate members every year, Sannella and Martin have remained the only members of VWD’s Finance Committee since 2014. Since then VWD ratepayers have paid $54 million to amass reserves, fund the developer deficit, and pay for future developer obligations. Also, since then, not one action item has come before the Board regarding long-range financial planning. Learn more at https://friendshipvallecitoswater.org/get-educated/#developer-contributions
The Political Shift that Cost Water Customers Millions
In 2013, newly elected officials of the Vallecitos Water District broadened their scope to include growing the economy.
“The District’s interest has to do with providing basic services, sewer and water, at the best price. That’s all it is. It has nothing to do with helping out developers.” Jim Poltl, Former Member of the Board of Directors
In response, “I look at the bigger picture – economic stimulus. Smaller governmental agencies … make that happen.” Hal Martin, Member of the Board of Directors
Would the economy have grown without the breaks given to developers? Did we pay more for water to stimulate the economy? Or did we just bolster developer profit margins?
FVC Member List
Some Vallecitos customers fear political vindictiveness by the VWD Board majority if they associate with opposition. FVC will post a Member List only after at least 100 ratepayers Join FVC. There is strength in numbers – a voice to be heard. JOIN FVC now.