Election day is finally here and for the final time I am asking for your vote for Ironhouse Sanitary District so we can work to begin reducing the burden on ratepayers.
Other races to consider:
- Assembly District 11: Jim Frazier
- Contra Costa Community College Board, Ward V: De’Shawn Woolridge
- Ironhouse Sanitary District: Michael Burkholder & Aaron Meadows
- Oakley City Council: Diane Burgis, Kevin Romick, David Hansen
- State Senate, District 7: Mark DeSaulnier
- US Congress, District 9: Jerry McNerney
Below is my most recent Letter to the Editor in the Brentwood Press.
Since 1999, Ironhouse Sanitary District rates have gone up every year. Rates have jumped from $249 to a whopping $618 – a 250-percent increase! You currently have a board more focused on protecting its monthly stipend and benefits than finding ways to prevent rate increases. This is unacceptable and needs to immediately stop.
If elected, one of my first actions will be to call on an audit to review director stipends and further define what should and should not be claimed. I believe some directors need to refund ratepayers for prior stipends claimed – my opinion is this is close to $40,000. I will also call on the current board to further eliminate benefits for new directors.
I believe under new leadership, the board can find ways to ensure rates are reduced while at the very worst, frozen until the economy picks up to help ratepayers who are struggling. How I know this, by limiting the operating budget, which has jumped from $7 million in 2010 to $12.25 million for 2013. Ironhouse directors are not working to be good stewards of the ratepayers’ money; they are continuing with business as usual, which is to continue to spend instead of tightening their belts. For example, there is an irresponsible $17 million reserve that should have prevented the most recent $26 increase. Instead of furloughs, layoffs and other means of reducing the burden to ratepayers, rates were increased for staff morale and pay raises.
In a couple of days, you will step into the ballot box and cast votes for the best candidate you feel resonates with your belief. If you are a ratepayer happy with your rate increasing every year since 1999, vote for the incumbents who have already failed you. If you want change and someone who will fight on your behalf, I would be honored to receive your vote. Give me a chance to reduce your tax burden each year and let’s bring some fiscal responsibility to the Ironhouse Sanitary District.
Feel free to find out more about me by visiting www.mikeburkholder.com.