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Practice a Study in Poor Spending

August 04, 1993

Ventura City Council's commitment (or lack thereof) concerns me most when it comes to the implementation of desalination. I am also concerned that they may think they have a blank check, particularly for studies.

Voters clearly said they want a reliable water source, and that desalination is their choice. If it takes until 1997 to finish the plant, so be it. But to spend $390,000 on studies, without a statement by the entire council expressing its absolute commitment to proceed with implementation of a desalination plant, is a misuse of taxpayer trust.

Of course their statement can and should be contingent upon there being no fatal discoveries from the studies. They should also decide their overall target budget, including studies, and keep the costs within budget.

I hope council members are not simply trying to wear down taxpayer resolve through reckless spending or poor management.

CRAIG S. MAXWELL

Ventura

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