Claim: PWSD passed a major rate increase immediately following the elections.

Fact: While all water providers require rate increases to keep up with the increased costs of providing water and wastewater services that come from inflation, regulatory requirements, and other pressures, the PWSD board generally only looks at rate adjustments during the annual budgeting process in the fall. The board works with staff to limit rate increases to levels needed to provide continued service and seeks to moderate increases to track as closely to inflation as is reasonably possible.

Additionally, any rate adjustments proposed by PWSD must be posted and open for public comment 30 days prior to any public hearing at which the board will consider the adjustment. Under Parker Water’s policies, we also host two required public hearings before adoption by the board. This means any rate or fee changes, if approved by the board, would not be effective until nearly 60 days after the notice. Additional information about how PWSD sets its rates and fees, along with information about the 2024 rate and fee adjustments, is available on our homepage.

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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.