Lane County election officials have certified signatures on petitions filed by the Heceta Recall Committee and announced that a recall election of three Heceta Water Board commissioners will take place Tuesday, July 27.
Two weeks ago, recall committee spokesman Gene McDermott submitted petitions to recall water commissioners Jim Sievers, Debby Todd and Robert Hursh, stating the three “exhibited a lack of responsible financial oversight for the Heceta Water District.”
Lane County elections had 10 days to verify petition signatures. Sievers, Todd and Hursh then had an opportunity to resign or submit statements explaining their record in office. All three submitted the Statements of Justification early last week, forcing the July recall election. The water district will be billed by Lane County for the cost of the election.
Last May, the water board voted to enact controversial rate hikes that nearly doubled most customers’ water bills. A tiered rate structure was also put into place, which tripled costs for some commercial and big water users. Board members have repeatedly said the increases were necessary in order to address aging infrastructure after years of neglect by previous water boards.
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