Bill George , El Dorado Irrigation District Director, announced that he will seek re-election

by Placerville Newswire / Apr 16, 2016 / comments

The announcement came while Bill George was speaking before a group of small business owners and local residents.

“When I asked you to trust me to serve you on the EID board, I promised that I would use my experience from the corporate world to implement proven cost control programs and keep the district’s budget balanced,” said George. “Well I’m proud to tell you that I kept that promise and accomplished much more.

“I’m especially proud of the progress we have made towards ensuring water security for our future by gaining ownership of our water in Jenkinson Lake Reservoir at Sly Park and acquiring another 17,000 acre feet of water from Folsom Lake for our system,” George continued.

“EID still faces new problems and challenges such as fighting costly unfunded federal and state mandates, protecting our agricultural open space, maintaining our recreational opportunities and preserving our rural lifestyle,” explained George. “So I have decided to ask for your help in earning another term on the board.”

George also discussed some of his other successful accomplishments — gaining an additional $5 million in district revenue via a shrewd hydroelectric contract renegotiation and creation of a power generating solar array system, developing and implementing a practical emergency Drought Action Plan that really worked and is getting the county through this historical drought and bringing in another $2 million in district revenue with a money-making water transfer policy that allows EID to sell unused water to other water districts.

George is currently serving as EID’s board president and he also sits on the board of the Association of California Water Agencies, the Regional Water Authority and the Mountain County Water Resources Association.

A Placerville resident, George retired from IBM after 31 years in management and represents the residents of EID’s District 3, which includes the communities of Gold Hill, Lotus, Coloma, Mosquito and portions of Placerville. The election will be held this November.