Letter: Is Prescott City Council circumventing Prop. 401?
Is an apple still an apple even though the mayor and Prescott City Council want us to believe it is an orange? That seems to be the philosophy City Council is taking when it comes to the Big Chino water project.
A resolution authorized City Council to enter into a comprehensive agreement with Prescott Valley on the Salt River Project (SRP) as it relates to the monitoring and modeling of the surface and ground waters in the Big Chino Sub-basin and Verde River. The City of Prescott will be spending at least $4.32 million of our dollars over the next eight to nine years, according to the report made by the Prescott City Council.
Now, here is where an apple still remains an apple. Prescott and Prescott Valley entered an agreement in 2010 on the Big Chino pipeline to apportion all costs at the proportional rate of 54.1 percent for Prescott and 45.9 percent for Prescott Valley. The Courier reported that through September 2012, Prescott and Prescott Valley have spent an estimated $36 million on a variety of Big Chino Water Ranch expenses. However, the Prescott City Council's memo says the Big Chino resolution just passed spending more of our money is not part of the Big Chino water ranch!
Isn't an apple still an apple? Why does City Council make this statement that these are unrelated projects? It is because voters in 2010 passed Proposition 401, stating, "all projects of $40 million or more MUST go to a vote of Prescott taxpayers"?
Here is where the apple is trying to become an orange, according to Prescott City Council. They say it is a moot point. We are not that irresponsible or gullible to sit by and allow them to waste our money even though they think we are.
The City Council will continue to waste our money - when and where they want to - because they think nobody will challenge them in a court of law.
Michael Allen Peters