Customers’ rates for the Grass Valley-based water district are the lowest in the Sierra foothills says Penn Valley resident Nick Wilcox, a Nevada Irrigation District director who seeks re-election to the post that pays $15,000 a year.
Wilcox, who first won a seat in 2008, says an agreement with Pacific Gas & Electric for power sales now going to the utility should mean about $20 million a year in revenues for the N.I.D. But he adds that about half of those funds will go toward maintenance of the Yuba-Bear hydroelectric project, and that the water district will also have to put more money aside.
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Wilcox worked for 13 years as an analytical chemist before beginning as a water resources specialist at the State Water Resources Control Board in Sacramento. He has been retired since 2003.