I am writing in response to Water District 10 Manager Patrick Sorenson's Aug. 13 Whatcom View Opinion column in which he attempts to rationalize the forthcoming Water District 10 rate increases. Water District 10's rates have increased well over 200 percent in the past 15 years and are currently the highest in the county by far. Mr. Sorenson cites the small number of ratepayers and infrastructure improvements as the reason for the increases. We have had annual rate increases nearly every year for the past 20 years! Why wasn't a reserve created? Why were new offices built off district property and outside the district? Why, if we have so few ratepayers, do we have separate clerks for accounts payable and receivable? If the district is so small, why is the manager paid more than most all the mayors and school superintendents in the area? I call on the board of commissioners to adopt a more conservative budgetary philosophy. Rather than spend what it would like to spend and then raise the rates accordingly, I believe the board needs to look at existing revenues and prioritize their spending allocations. This is how private businesses and households operate. It is only the government and quasi-governmental agencies who can raise taxes or utility rates to meet expenses who do not have to follow this regimen. I, for one, heartily resent these annual increases; and I don't believe I am alone!