We were offered the benefit of better water without any responsibility for the cost. Of course many voted for this “free lunch”.

*Editor's Note: This opinion is in response to an article titled “Public to decide if BPW can issue bonds” that appeared in the Thursday, April 19, Courier-Post.

I am writing in response to last Thursday’s article about the BPW issuing bonds to pay for adding granular activated carbon processing to our water plant. Mr. Hall’s comment that the issue is already decided and that the vote was only to determine if we finance the project through bonds or a lease is unbelievable!

If the proposed bond issue fails to pass he might want to consider that it failed because voters do not want to see their water bills double and see high water rates drive new and existing businesses away from Hannibal. If Mr. Hall believes the vote is only about the financing method he and the HBPW board should add a second item to the ballot asking for authorization to lease the system.

The first vote on this issue was very flawed. We were offered the benefit of better water without any responsibility for the cost. Of course many voted for this “free lunch”. Now that we have a better idea of the cost of moving from good to better water the public should have another chance to decide if we want the project. I would really like to see this community have a good discussion about the actual cost and benefits of this project before we go forward.

— Harry Graves, Hannibal