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|El Dorado County, CA||June 6, 2006 Election|
By Al VargasCandidate for County Supervisor; County of El Dorado; Supervisorial District 4
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Economic Development is necessary to supplement revenues to fix the infrastructure and provide for services e.g. police protection, emergency services, etc). With a rapidly growing senior population, residential development placing stress on local roadways, and a looming financial crisis of unfunded retired county health benefits, additional revenues will be necessary. But there are major obstacles to attracting business to El Dorado Co.A regional plan is being developed to bring "technologies of the future" to the region. We need to get our fair share of those businesses to provide tax revenues. But the cost of doing business in El Dorado Co is a major obstacle to attracting new businesses. We simply cannot compete with our neighbors who have much lower water, sewer, and electricity rates.
SMUD generates 20% of its electric power (1.86 billion kilowatt-hours) from El Dorado Co. Nearly a $200 M value and not one kilowatt stays in El Dorado Co. Now through the Iowa Hill project, SMUD wants to scar up one of the most scenic parts of our county, which we depend on for tourism. Our political leaders lacked vision during the SMUD re-licensing. My vision is to be on an even footing with our neighbors by annexing El Dorado County into the SMUD service area. SMUD rates are on average 20% lower than PG&E's.
Here is how we should do it:
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