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The End of Splash?

The future of Splash is on the line on August 25, 2010. On that day, the Board of the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (the SRCSD Board), will consider whether to end funding for Splash. If it does, the other two funding partners (the City and County of Sacramento’s stormwater programs) would be unable to provide the matching funds that constitute the other 55% of our budget. 

With your help, we can influence the outcome of the August 25th hearing.

A Path to Sustainability

The long-term goal of Splash has been to develop our programs with the support of the Splash Consortium, then diversify our funding base. To this end, Splash was recently granted non-profit status and began to develop its donor base. Over the next 5 years, Splash plans to wean itself from Splash Consortium funding and raise the funds to continue delivering Splash programs to local schools and the community.

The Splash Consortium has made a $3 million investment of public money in this long-term program over the last twelve years. It seems an incredible waste to throw it all away just as we stand on the threshold of sustainability.

Splash Needs You Now

With your help we can influence the outcome of the August 25th hearing. If you live anywhere in Sacramento County or West Sacramento, you are an SRCSD ratepayer. Here are few simple things you can do to help:

Join our “My2Cents” campaign

Write a brief note to the SRCSD Board of Directors and email it no later than Sunday night, August 22 to gossc@sacsewer.com

SRCSD Board of Directors
700 H Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Please don’t spend more than 10 minutes on your letter. Here’s a writing prompt to get you started: “As a ratepayer, Splash is worth two cents per month to me because…”

It would cost each household less than two cents per month to sustain Splash this year.  As Splash solicits funding from other sources, this rate is expected to steadily decline over five years to less than a penny per month.  If you count up all those pennies over five years, you’ll see that it adds up to less than $1 per family to keep delivering the Splash experience to over 14,000 students in our local schools.

The goal of the My2Cents campaign is to generate scores of letters from sewer ratepayers who support a gradual phase-down of funding for Splash, to preserve the program and their previous $1.5 million investment in it. After receiving 600 letters from ratepayers who didn’t want to pay any fee increase, the Board wants to demonstrate a commitment to keeping fees low by cutting out non-essential programs. We think the Board can find its way to funding Splash if an equal number of ratepayers can convince the Board that: (1) Splash is essential to protecting water quality in the long-term; and (2) preserving the program is more fiscally responsible than defunding (killing) it outright.

Please extend this opportunity to your family and friends who live in Sacramento County or West Sacramento. Just direct them to this website for guidance: www.sacsplash.org/my2cents.

Attend the Board Meeting on Wednesday, August 25

We need to fill the hearing room with supporters on August 25th. If you can carve one hour out of your morning, please come and invite others to do so as well.  You’ll find directions and maps at Hearing Info. Although we will be limited to a few speakers, a full room sends a strong message. Splash Guides will be there to orient supporters between 8:45 and 9:30, so we can all be settled in for the 9:30 to 10:30 hearing.

Let us know how you can help

So that we can keep track of our progress, please click here to record what you have done and are willing to do.

Thank you so much for your help in saving Splash.  This is an uphill battle but one we can win with enough support.

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