Claim: PWSD intentionally left 96 voters off the election rolls and disenfranchised them by not giving them adequate time to vote in the 2023 election.

Fact: During our most recent board election, PWSD staff learned, for the first time, that in 2004 the Douglas County Assessor did not add 62 addresses to the district’s boundaries due to confusion over the legal description of these properties (which was provided to PWSD by the owner of these properties in 2004). As a consequence of that oversight, there were 96 voters living at those addresses who were not included in the list of voters PWSD received from the Douglas County Clerk’s office and, therefore, did not receive ballots in the mail. This was an unintentional mistake that we are in the process of remedying with the county.

As soon as PWSD staff were made aware of the issue and received the list of impacted voters on the morning of the election, staff contacted the affected voters directly via email and automated phone messages to alert them about their opportunity to vote in the election. Of the impacted voters, six (6) individuals did vote in the election. Therefore, the turnout rate for these 96 properties was 6.3%. For context, PWSD sent out 37,683 ballots and had 3,091 returned ballots for an overall turnout rate of 8.2%.

Despite this unintentional error, the election was conducted fairly. PWSD had no authority to continue the election beyond the close of voting on May 2 at 7:00 p.m. PWSD did everything it reasonably could do to alert the impacted voters and provide them an opportunity to vote, given the circumstances.

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1. Claim: PWSD is not forward thinking and does not have a long-term water plan.
2. Claim: PWSD rushed through a recent land purchase for the Platte Valley Water Partnership with little scrutiny.
3. Question: What is the Douglas County Future Fund?
4. Claim: PWSD does not support the Douglas County Water Commission and actively attack it.
5. Claim: PWSD built a luxurious new administrative building at a cost of $53 million to house just 85 employees.
6. Claim: PWSD went on a spending spree for furniture at the new district HQ building and refused to use the existing furniture at the old HQ building.
7. Claim: PWSD has not held an election in 10 years and just appoints its allies to the board.
8. Claim: PWSD staff ran the 2023 Board election and counted ballots themselves.
9. Claim: PWSD passed a major rate increase immediately following the elections.
10. Claim: PWSD is not transparent about its budget or rates and doesn’t offer appropriate opportunity for public scrutiny or comment.
11. Claim: PWSD District Manager Ron Redd’s salary is not publicly available and is believed to be over $300K per year.
12. Claim: PWSD intentionally left 96 voters off the election rolls and disenfranchised them by not giving them adequate time to vote in the 2023 election.
13. Claim: PWSD has been collecting property taxes from the affected voters in Lincoln Creek without allowing them to vote.