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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Whidbey PUD costs will be huge

To the editor:

As a small-business owner and a Democrat, I have hesitated to defend Puget Sound Energy.

It’s simply not in my DNA to defend any corporation, but the amount of misinformation by the PUD campaign and its supporters forces my hand. To put it simply,

I don’t believe they know what they are talking about.

I think that they underestimate the costs and overestimate the benefit of forming a PUD.

It has been 50 years since a PUD has been formed in this state. I think one of the reasons is that two votes are not allowed by the state code.

I could support the forming of a PUD to explore the costs and benefits of owning our own electric company, if they were required to come back to the taxpayers/voters with the amount of money, in both taxes and fees they would need for acquiring the infrastructure. They can’t. So a yes vote means that you would be giving extraordinary taxing authority to a well-intentioned group of three people with no ceiling on what they can spend.

The reason I say extraordinary is because most municipalities are limited to raising taxes to 1 percent; if they want more they MUST go to the voters.

We live at the south end of longest island in the continental U.S. and the power comes from the north.

I have lived here for 32 years and (with a few major exceptions) been satisfied with Puget Sound Energy.

If we could switch from Puget Sound Energy to a PUD without litigation or what I believe to be huge infrastructure costs, I would support it. We can’t.

Please vote NO on the PUD.

Neil Colburn


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