With our local unemployment rate of 10.2 percent, we all need to work together to create and keep jobs in our community. For over 126 years, Turlock Irrigation District has been a customer-owned company that has been a positive part of our community. Unfortunately, our community is not being well served by the recent practice of hiring contract workers from Texas to fill vacant TID line worker positions.
In February, TID entered into a contract with American Site Builders to fill jobs that TID residents would benefit from. During the first six months of the contract, TID has sent more than $1.7 million of our local money to Texas to pay for their services. If those vacant line positions were filled locally, most of that money would be reinvested into our local economy because local employees pay local taxes, buy local products and support local businesses.
It is time we take those jobs back and support the people of our community in a way that also benefits our local economy. After all, if we dont take care of our community, who will?
KERRY ANN CAPPS