When the possibility of massive debt arises, David Klug wants to be there to speak what he calls “common sense” in urging others to think things through.
Klug, a Republican, seeks reelection for a second term on the Subdistrict 10 seat on the Papio Missouri River Natural Resource District Board of Directors, which covers Gretna and western parts of Papillion and La Vista.
“The big reason I’m running is trying to continue what I’ve been working on now,” he said.
He said this work has been to try and raise fiscal responsibility within the board to avoid taking on future debt through further general obligation bonds.
“Every bonding opportunity that has been presented to the full board has passed,” he said.
This, he said, has rung up a debt of more than $70 million to be paid in 20 years.
“It’s a substantial amount of money and leaves the future generation in debt,” he said.
While encouraging the board to take on less debt and approve less bonds, Klug did say he supported and introduced a resolution to work alongside the University of Omaha Biology Department to promote water purity and toxicology studies, as well as ensure funds for conservation programs.
Additional focuses he said he has is continued work on WP-5 project, a multi-use future dam site that will also protect downtown Papillion, as well as bringing the Offutt Air Force Bas water levee up to Federal Emergency Management Agency certification levels.
“My main goal wasn’t to create a big splash but to bring common sense to the board,” Klug said.