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By Ray Thayer

We need experience


To the Editor:

As a past Klickitat County Commissioner, I had the opportunity to work with Dan Gunkel on several issues of mutual interest to the county and the PUD. We were able to establish a designated fund utilizing landfill gas dollars to assist unincorporated communities with water/wastewater costs and problems. These funds were needed to keep monthly costs to the customers at a reasonable and affordable level. A good example would be the community of Klickitat whose monthly rates were extremely high compared to other communities. These funds were used to retire old debt and customers rates lowered to be more in line with other communities. When Bingen elected to withdraw from Operations and Maintenance of the Dallesport wastewater system, we worked with the PUD to take over the M&O, which has worked out very well.

The community of Bickleton was in need of a water system due to high nitrate levels; again working with the parties involved, Bickleton will have a new water system.

I would urge you to vote for the experience, knowledge, and history that Dan Gunkel brings to the office of PUD Commissioner.


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