For the Imperial Irrigation District to ask the Imperial Unified School District and the city of Imperial to pay double what they were initially asked to pay for undergrounding the Dahlia Canal is bad business practice and sends the wrong message.
Yes, the undergrounding of the canal was a benefit to the school district and the city of Imperial, but each agency already had agreed to pay a share of the cost and budgeted for the agreed-upon amount. Neither the school district nor the city has a budget the size of IID's and neither agency can afford to pay more for the undergrounding.
IID also is responsible because its cost estimates for the project were drastically wrong. Others should not have to pay for IID's mistakes.
It may be a hard pill for IID to swallow, but it should not be looking elsewhere for help in covering the cost of this project. We can only hope IID will show some sense of fairness and responsibility.