An average tree crop -- walnuts or almonds -- with expenses and income, infuses $4,800 per acre into the local economy. This does not include development costs of $4,500 per acre. Oakdale Irrigation District has long been a shrinking district with crop changes, using less water. Most businesses have the philosophy of growing their business to spread out the rising costs of overhead. By growing the district into its existing sphere of influence, our economy will have a sustained economy -- not just a one-time construction boom.
There is no question that the OID needs to make measured capital improvements and continue with an ongoing maintenance program.
Selling OID's most valuable asset (water) to San Francisco via the Modesto Irrigation District is not an option. MID is the conduit for Frank Clark's San Francisco water sale. If the 25,000 acre-feet of water slated to be sold to San Francisco is used locally it will generate $38 million in annual revenue to support everyone's business in Oakdale.
I support Richard Sylvester for OID District 1.
Never miss a local story.