Baker responds I have lost nearly all of my respect for Bill Christopher. While saddened by his name-calling of me, Bill has not only swallowed the lies of the Westminster City Council, he seems to …
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I have lost nearly all of my respect for Bill Christopher. While saddened by his name-calling of me, Bill has not only swallowed the lies of the Westminster City Council, he seems to be a willing participant in deceiving the public (“Westminster recall clock starts ticking because of water rates,” Oct. 25).
Lie No. 1: There are no “critical needs” for more money in regards to the Westminster water and sewer system. According to the 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report page 26, as of December 31, 2017, the Enterprise Fund for the water/sewer utility has over $100 million dollars in cash and investments dedicated to maintaining and improving the system.
Lie No. 2: The wastewater flows in the Big Dry Creek sewer interceptor, between 2008 and now, have not risen the 40 percent being claimed by the city in the news media. According to the 2017 report, page 157, wastewater flows to the treatment plant, between 2008 and 2017, have risen from 2.345 billion gallons to 2.460 billion gallons, an increase of about 5 percent.
When politicians violate the public trust, they should be held accountable. That will happen only if the public knows.
If Bill and his friends succeed in misleading the public and old voting habits prevail, Councilors Shannon Bird and Emma Pinter will be elected to higher offices. Deceiving the public at those levels will cause harm to Adams County and the State of Colorado.
By the way Bill: the Westminster City Charter does not allow for paid petition circulators.
Bruce Baker, Westminster
(Editor’s Note: Baker is the Republican candidate for State House District 35 running against Shannon Bird, the Democratic candidate.)
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