The Casa Grande City Council on Monday made a tough decision to close down a longstanding irrigation district in the Evergreen area east of City Hall. The district had been run by the city for decades and repairs had been made. The problem this time, however, is bigger with a need for a new well.
The matter had been studied by city staff and tabled previously by the council. Although some residents had dropped out of the district over the years, those remaining had a strong interest in it because of the vegetation in their yards and a potential need to find a new way to keep it alive.
Staff recommended refunding a previous assessment for repairs to the property owners and ending the district. Although passionate arguments were heard to the contrary, staff stated that the district would need to be based on a separate taxing authority independent of the city. The district dates from a much earlier time when the city was much smaller.
The council held a fair hearing with both sides heard, including comments from the council members themselves. The ultimate vote against continuing the district, 4-3 with Mayor Craig McFarland tipping the balance, was correct. Some of the no votes seemed only to favor more discussion. Unfortunately city leaders can’t always make everyone happy.