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[poll] BBMWD - Facilities Workshop & Hatchery Poll

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BBMWD
Fri Apr 12 2019, 03:45PM
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Lumber Jill ⭐ wrote ...

BBMWD wrote ...

A little clarification on funding for both options: neither option would require additional taxes or fees to the public.

How would it be paid for?


The short answer is from District reserves and interest income, accumulated by efficiencies and savings. For a more detailed explanation, the District's current budget is available on our website: [Click Here]
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MtMan
Fri Apr 12 2019, 05:42PM

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I would vote for the cheaper alternative but of course with public access. Build it at the zoo and you attract more people to come and visit. What an awesome idea to have a fish hatchery here. Zoo benefits as well as the lake. We used to take our children to almost every hatchery along the 395 and loved it. Wasn't "deluxe" but fun for all.

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Airport Razz
Fri Apr 12 2019, 06:47PM
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Hmmm, I do remember as a kid stopping in at the hatchery up by Mt. Whitney a number of times. I could see something like this set up like the zoo. DWP has a good start with their rainbow fingerlings aquarium . OK, considering changing to deluxe
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Airport Razz
Fri Apr 12 2019, 06:49PM
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The scale of this operation wouldn't fit at the zoo. Although they certainly could do a scales down version or at least a display showing what is there to be seen, enjoyed and learned from
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Lumber Jill ⭐
Fri Apr 12 2019, 06:52PM

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It's still money we paid, right? How about it going for what we paid. What's the advantage of deluxe? Basic will do the job.

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kleines Kanu
Sun Apr 14 2019, 10:40AM
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Just to add a little clarity to the conversation. The BBMWD has done a pretty good job of managing its financial resources in the past few years. There are sufficient funds currently available to build either a very basic fish hatchery which will do the job of providing fish in the lake or to build a more visitor friendly hatchery which would add more tourist and educational oriented elements to the project. While the actual numbers are not nailed down I think the basic project will come in around $5 million and to doll it up to a more tourist based project would probably add another 20% to the deal. Those numbers are just my best guess based on what I have seen so far so please don't think they are engraved in stone.
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Lumber Jill ⭐
Sun Apr 14 2019, 12:08PM

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If there is an excess of funds, why not cut the customers some slack on rates?

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kleines Kanu
Sun Apr 14 2019, 12:21PM
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Excess funds can be used to reduce fees in the short term or construct/maintain facilities, or be held in reserve for a time when revenues are low. The BBMWD believes that the current lake use rates are reasonable and competitive with other similar facilities in the region. The question often comes up about possibly giving a fee break to locals but CA law will not allow BBMWD to do that, so all lake users, both locals and visitors, must be charged equally. The funds that are currently being considered for construction of the hatchery project can be used for any lake related type of program or project.
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MtMan
Sun Apr 14 2019, 01:08PM

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Well, isn't that just great. CA law doesn't allow to give a fee break but certainly allows fee increases. Yes, makes perfect sense. Awesome. Please people, next time, and every time, a new tax is proposed on a ballot, vote NO. No more new taxes and no more bond issues. Stop voting for these stupid taxes.

Back to the subject, I again vote for the basic, and NOT the more expensive version of the fish hatchery. In fact, if it was "legal", I would vote for lowering my bills rather than spending it on a hatchery.

Shut Up and Fish!
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kleines Kanu
Sun Apr 14 2019, 02:52PM
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This is wondering off of the subject a bit but I think it is important to understand that the main reason the BBMWD cannot discriminate on fees between locals and visitors is because we accept grant funding and other types of financial benefits from the State which the entire state pays for. The state buys BBMWD patrol boats, does some stocking of fish, paid to rehabilitate the dam (Davis-Grunsky funds), provides for quagga mussel program expenses, and numerous other programs and benefits. So the logic goes that if we are going to accept money and other help from the state we cannot discriminate against any visitors by charging them more for services than we charge locals.
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