As Vince Rusinak notes, the state bears the major responsibility for enforcing and protecting water rights. The state ought to assume the primary role for funding and fixing whatever problems might interfere with downstream rights.
I do not have a problem with having a stormwater fee or tax. Something must be done for a problem that impacts us all in one way or another. I think it is a good idea for the solution to be regional, as the problem itself is regional. I would be willing to pay the fee or tax but for one thing.
What has happened to the editorial board of The Gazette?
Making a "Yes" recommendation to the existing proposal for another storm water tax/fee seems way beyond logic and common sense. I usually find myself in harmony with most of The Gazette's official recommendations.
The fires followed by torrential rains have caused much emotional stress within our community. Emotion is a powerful expression and for the most part, very useful. In decision-making, however, one must temper this force.