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Irrigation District landowners voted to allow rate
by Jacqui Krizo, Klamath Courier Reporter, 1/11/06
TULELAKE – Tulelake Irrigation District rate-hike election last Friday resulted in a "yes" decision to allow TID to increase O&M operation and maintenance fees for landowners.
30 people attended the third and final meeting held at the Tulelake fairgrounds last Friday. District Manager Earl Danosky and board members explained the district’s fees and expenses and reasons that the TID board needs the flexibility to adjust O&M rates to cover costs.
The Irrigation District sent certified letters to all of the district’s 360 landowners to inform them of their options regarding the election. Each acre of land carries 114 votes. There were 2,452,362.3 "yes" votes and 1,280,932.5 "no" votes.
TID was faced with a dilemma last fall because
they were operating in the red. California’s
Proposition 218 requires landowner approval prior to
any increase of O&M assessments. The election cost
more than $70,000. It was mandatory that the
district hire engineers to do a report regarding the
district O&M services and rates..
The public is welcomed to attend TID board meetings every 2nd Monday of each month at 8 p.m. to give input or ask questions regarding their services.
Since the irrigation districts have not been
informed of next year’s power rate, farm loans and
crop plans are on hold. Alternate energy sources
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