Whatcom Water District 7 Commissioner Position 2
6-year term; No Salary A Water District is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the potable drinking and other water facilities within their jurisdiction. The commission sets the general policies of the district, which are implemented by the hired professional staff. The commission sets the rates for service within the district. One of commission's main duties is the adoption of the district's budget and proposal of any Water district levies to be placed on the ballot to the people. The commission sets policies and approves all spending via the budget, whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for sewer district employees.
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George Kaas (NP)
High School Teacher
Why did you decide to run for this position?
What are three major issues facing your water district?
Of the three, which one is the most urgent and why?
What unique qualities do you bring to this job?
How do you propose to lessen water usage in your jurisdiction?
I would like to serve my community and make a positive contribution to its future.
Water quality, water quantity and fire protection are the most important responsibilities of a water district. I feel that stormwater runoff and management is also a concern because of our shallow soils and slopes in this district.
Water quality always should be the first priority. Safe water must be preserved for the health and well being of the residents. Water is a finite resource. Mismanagement of water can cripple a community and economy.
I am an educator with a background in agriculture, agronomy and natural resources. I have been a resident of this district for the past 37 years. I understand the scientific and environmental issues of water and the delicate balance of property development.
I would promote water conservation and native plant landscaping. Responsible property management will also be an ongoing priority.
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