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Bring in the Sunshine

I appreciate the articles and comments regarding Sunshine Week. As a reminder Sunshine Week was the Florida’s press response to State of Florida legislation that would broaden the situations that public access could be blocked by the state. Watergate and the Teapot Dome Scandal are just two of hundreds of public official’s … more »

Water Rates Will Increase April 1st

Council approved a water rate increase that will go into effect April 1, 2011. For well over a year now, we have discussed the need to increase water rates to keep up with costs. The fund is not breaking even and reserves are depleted. Water service is provided to residents and property owners in Salida […]

Spring Fire Safety

As many you witnessed a couple of weeks ago, it appears the spring fire season is already upon us. While we watch the snow fall on the mountains around us, the valley has seen little significant moisture this winter. This newspaper said in an article earlier this week there had been below average moisture for […]

Rates to be increased for water service

A revised water rate study recently completed by the city’s engineering firm Schmueser Gordon Meyer (SGM) is now available for review. The draft study, which was made available on March 1st, indicated rates are well below the required level to pay for the cost of the plant and water system. Alternatives for increasing rates will be considered by the … more […]

Money from 2A and 2B

Mayor’s Article March 4, 2011—- I am going to focus on just one topic, that topic being how capital improvements and operating expenses are linked and the impact that linkage has on government expenses. Simply stated, capital improvements are new things. Operating expenses mostly go to the personnel that monitor, maintain … more »