The Imperial Irrigation District had thrown caution to the wind. In what seemed like lightning fast time, the board went from announcing its interest in investing in a well field to actually bidding on the field.
We are positive there was lots of behind-the-door discussion, but since we were not privy to any of that, the public perception is this action came quickly.
We at the Press and those in the public would have liked to have had this issue discussed at least a bit more openly. It seems the board has details that suggest IID could save money, meaning customers could save money, if the district invests in a well field. It is difficult to understand how it could hurt the IID's bid standing if it shared with the public some general figures of how much the district might save.
We are not coming out against the district's idea. True, it is a risky move. True, the district is gambling with the public's money. But, as one IID official stated, there is risk no matter what the district does on this natural gas issue. We can only hope the district is using the best possible data to make its decision.