Claim: PWSD has not held an election in 10 years and just appoints its allies to the board.

Fact: This is false. PWSD has held open elections six (6) times since 2014. In 2014, PWSD ran a full election in which five (5) candidates ran for three (3) open seats. However, in the subsequent years, when elections were called, there were never more candidates than there were open seats. Therefore, as allowed by the Colorado local government election code section 1-13.5-513(6) C.R.S, PWSD posted a notice of cancellation and automatic election of the candidates. Holding those complete elections without a valid reason would have cost approximately $100K for each election – costs that we did not have to then pass on to our ratepayers.

In one instance, in 2014, a board member resigned their seat in the middle of their term. As required by law, an individual was appointed to fill that position until the next election was held. The individual then ran for the seat in the next election cycle and completed the remainder of the term as an elected official rather than an appointee.

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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.