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August 4, 2014 2:49 PM

Steve Mohasci: Stop subsidies; charge water pumpers

Over the past 50 years, Modesto and Turlock irrigation district electric customers have subsidized irrigation costs by nearly $400 million. In the last 10 years, the subsidy amounted to $131 million or 44 percent of the total. Ten years ago, an acre of cropland in Stanislaus County grossed $949 and irrigation customers paid about 40 percent of the cost. Today an acre grosses $1,848 and irrigation customers still pay about 40 percent of the cost.

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