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August 16, 2016


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The voting public needs to understand the City Councilors who were complicit in this. According to Councilor Bennett, he recused himself from the August 11th vote to cut "irrigators" water rates by 30%. Councilor Nanke voted 'no' (good on you, Councilor). Councilors Lewis and Bednarz were 'yes' votes. It should be noted that both received sizable contributions from Mountain West/Larry Tokarski in their last elections. Payback time? The role of Councilor McCoid is unclear. The SJ reports that the 30% increase was his proposal. But he is not on the Task Force. He lives at Creekside so he has a conflict of interest. Was he there on August 11th? We don't know because the City has not posted the minutes of that meeting, nor of the previous meeting of the Task Force. The truth will emerge eventually. Both McCoid and Lewis will be up for reelection in 2018, and Salem voters will certainly be reminded of their role in this controversy.

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