Originally Published: February 9, 2018 5:55 a.m.
Yes, it is time to act on the Big Chino proposed pipeline project. The voters of Prescott overwhelmingly passed proposition 400 and 401 which enacted provisions on how proposed annexations are to proceed and that required a vote on any City project that will cost $40 million or more.
In 2005 the cost of the pipeline was estimated to be $200 million, and has only increased with passing time. Based on a $200 million cost and a Prescott population of 40,000, every man, woman, and child in Prescott would owe the City $5,000 (again, it has only gone up since then.) No sane Prescott resident will be willing to tax themselves such a large amount knowing that it will only benefit a few select developers and subsidize water delivery for new residents. The City discarded their mantra that “growth pays for growth.”
In five out of the past 11 years the flow in the Upper Verde River at Perkinsville has been between 9.0-9.5 CFS (cubic feet per second). This is equivalent to the initial right Prescott has to pump from the Big Chino water ranch. The Verde River would go dry at Perkinsville. A bucket of water withdrawn from the Big Chino aquifer is a bucket of water removed from the Verde River.
So, yes, Mr. Mayor, it is time to act on the region’s big project and put to a vote whether we should build the Big Chino pipeline and pump the Upper Verde River dry; putting to end, once and for all, this needless proposal.
Chairman Proposition 400