With the Oakdale Irrigation District election drawing near, I urge you to consider two clear leadership options. One option is based on myths. The other is based on facts.
Myth: OID has been fiscally irresponsible.
Fact: OID has accomplished exceptional financial results. By focusing on strategic water sales, cost control and sound budgeting, the District is positioned to implement the $18 million 2-Mile Bar tunnel and the $6 million Rubicon system all with no debt and no increase in rates.
Myth: OID has jeopardized its water rights.
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Fact: OID uses a widely accepted method of transferring excess water through “water releases,” a common transfer tool for water governed under Pre-1914 rights.
Myth: OID is a “good old boy” organization.
Fact: Despite allegations, there is no evidence of malfeasance. Trials should be held in a court of law, not in the “court of social media.”
Is the district perfect? No, but OID is on the right path. OID’s history of success is commendable and makes OID the envy of most other farming districts. Brad DeBoer and Herman Doornenbal are the candidates with the vision, experience and integrity to lead the district forward. Join me in supporting Brad and Herman on Nov. 7.
Brian J. Lemons, Oakdale