LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote Vogelgesang for utility board
Ryan Summerlin November 2, 2011
My name is Randy Vogelgesang and I am asking for your vote for Seat 3 of the South Tahoe Public Utility District board.
My wife Cathy and I have lived in South Lake Tahoe for more than 25 years. I am Civil and Structural Engineer and a long time owner of a local engineering business.
The district and its employees provide an excellent product and we should strive to continue this high level of service while keeping a constant eye on spending. It is important to make sure the infrastructure is maintained and upgraded, however each project needs to be evaluated based on its necessity, and less expensive options should be considered. In these tough economic times we will need to prioritize our spending and cut costs where ever possible.
I see no reason to justify a rate hike when most of the rate payers that I know have had their incomes decrease. Wages and benefits for the districts employees should not exceed comparable local private sector jobs.
Until all customers are metered, I would like to lower the metered rate portion of the bill as much as possible. I don’t think it is acceptable to have customers using the same volume of water paying very different amounts for the next dozen years. The current metering amounts are based on average use in order to remain revenue neutral to the district. However the district is composed of full time and part time residents, neither of which fit the average. In addition, meter installations need to be done at a more accelerated pace. It has been known for many years that meters were coming but inaction has caused this problem.
The priority of the board is to represent the public and oversee how the district spends our money. When making decisions on behalf of the rate payers I plan on using the same common sense, fiscally conservative, approach that has worked well for my business. The key word in STPUD is public and I will always keep that in mind when making decisions.
South Lake Tahoe