A campaign flier paid for by the Friends of Donna Murphy regarding the Salida Sanitary District contains inaccurate statements. Before hitting the polls, I urge voters to consider the following:
Flier statement: The district has operated without valid permits since 1992.
Fact: The operating permit for land discharge was issued in 1992 and does not have a sunset date. It is valid until the California Regional Water Quality Control Board issues Salida Sanitary District another one.
Flier statement: Years of deferred maintenance are leading to higher costs and serious odor problems.
Fact: The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District's in-house daily log notes only five complaints since 2000; the Salida Sanitary District has never received a notice of violation.
Flier statement: Sewer rates increased more than 100 percent last year.
Fact: The average rate paid in the Central Valley is $39 per month. Salida's current monthly charge of $26.40 was established in 2006. Since 2003, the rate had been $13.20 per month. The rate prior to that was $12 per month, set in 1991.
An election predicated on inaccurate information doesn't serve the voters and diminishes the credibility of the board. The Salida Sanitary District deserves better than Donna Murphy.
Editor's note: Letter writers Heather Moore and Jan Moore are not related.