All things considered (July 10, 2016)

John Pedigo writes that he doesn’t consider my listing of alternate water suppliers worthy of consideration because he’s already considered them (Alternative water suppliers, Daily Press, July 10, 2016). Considering he asked for this list so he could consider them, that doesn’t seem very considerate of him.

Now he states that he did not consider my list because I did not provide the date on which I provided my alternatives for his consideration, even though he has already considered them. To remedy this, those dates were September 19, 2015, and June 21, 2016 (the latter of which it would appear he has already considered, judging by his response to its publication on June 28, 2016, in the Daily Press).

Pedigo then says he considers his estimation of future water costs to be valid, without considering the hundreds of millions the Town of Apple Valley will have to spend to buy Liberty Utilities, because he considers the non-transparent accounting by local government agencies to be considerably more believable than the total transparency of Liberty Utilities. Unfortunately, he fails to enlighten us on how the transfer of hundreds of millions of dollars in the form of transaction costs and debt service from local ratepayers to banks and other entities will help lower water costs.

Pedigo urges everyone to take my advice, so thanks for that. My advice is that he and anyone else who thinks as he does should reconsider, taking into account all the facts.

Greg Raven is Co-Chair of Apple Valley Citizens for Government Accountability, and is concerned about quality of life issues.

Published: Daily Press, July 27, 2016