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Jordan has finally -- as expected -- introduced a "kill bill" to stop Boone's water intake on the New River.
That's after a local referendum that passed with over 70% of voters saying they were willing to have their rates raised so that Boone could have a dependable supply of water for the next generation. That's after over six years of work -- assessing needs, measuring current water capacities, finding and purchasing land on the New River, going beyond Department of Environment and Natural Resources regs for minimizing impacts on adjacent landowners, making sure the intake pipe was below the river bed so as to preserve recreational rafting, spending months obtaining the necessary state and federal permits. That's after investing $1.5 million in public funds to ensure that Boone can grow responsibly.
Will Soucek sign on to the "kill bill"? It would certainly be a new and easy way for him to punish the town he clearly hates. He's been heard by staffers around the General Assembly to declare that he doesn't care what happens to Boone, because Boone doesn't vote for him. And that's the most logical impetus behind both his and Jordan's vendetta against the town: its residents tend to vote Democratic.
The only problem for Soucek is that the big developers who pull his strings want that water. They just want it without the hassles of following land-use development guidelines in the extra-territorial jurisdiction. If Jordan's turd bill passes, no one gets any water. New development grinds to a halt. A town that can't grow begins to die.
Neither Jordan nor Soucek regard Boone as part of their constituency. But the wreckage they've been busily causing will be their lasting legacy.