Opinion

For decades, local communities have been responsible for financing and regulating their own water supply. In fact, progress and improvement have come promptly and appropriately, without the bureaucratic disadvantages associated with massive political governing bodies. The Port Washington Water District operates 24/7 serving all consumers of our water district.

Nassau County is currently advocating the consolidation and operation of all water districts.

Local hometown rule for water districts means that each community can elect its own water commissioners, who are longtime community residents, not someone who does not reside in our community and has no local interest.

Another important issue is money as it relates to taxes, spending and accountability. With local control, taxes go back into the infrastructure of the Port Washington Water District. Also it should be noted that your water tax is the lowest portion of your taxes, less 1.5 percent of your total taxes.

The Port Washington Water District is in favor of reduced taxes, but consolidation of all water districts is not the solution. Traditionally your water bill has always been the lowest utility bill and the Port Washington Water District will continue to keep it that way.

Board of Commissioners

Port Washington Water District

Thomas J. Murray, Jr., chairman

David R. Brackett, treasurer

Peter Meyer, secretary


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