April 06, 2020

District against TABOR

The Bangor Water District, a nonprofit, publicly owned utility, works within its citizen-approved charter to protect public health by providing high quality water for domestic use and fire protection while emphasizing customer service, innovation, and cost control. We, the trustees of the Bangor Water District, find that TABOR would impede the district’s ability to fulfill its mission in several important ways.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission regulates water rates, revenue and service requirements; the federal government sets standards for safe drinking water. TABOR could place the district at odds with federal and state laws.

Already providing safe drinking water and fire protection 24 hours every day of the year, the district’s ability to respond quickly to new public health needs and emergencies would be reduced by TABOR. Similarly, TABOR would interfere with the district’s ability to make the long-term plans and commitments required by water systems, which are constructed and managed to last more than 100 years.

We, serving without financial benefit as volunteer trustees, are proud of the exceptional drinking water quality, of the efficiency and responsiveness of the district’s operations and of the planning for future needs of water at low cost. TABOR would seriously limit the district’s ability to plan for current and future citizen needs, to contain costs, and to respond public health emergencies. We urge voters to reject TABOR on Nov. 7.

Bangor Water District Board of Trustees:Rick Doll, Rick Fournier, John Hwalek, Stan Miller, Robert Sypitkowski, Bradford Wellman, Dan Wellington

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