It’s not uncommon, or unwise, for an elected official to maintain that he will make decisions and cast votes based on the best interests of his constituents.
But not all elected positions are alike.
That’s a particularly relevant point when it comes to those men and women who are elected to serve on the boards of directors of natural resources districts in Nebraska.
It’s because NRDs were created by the Nebraska Legislature back in 1969 with state-mandated purposes to protect Nebraska’s natural resources — not just for one group of users, but for all.
That balancing act of competing needs and uses of water is a challenging one for any NRD board. But it’s one that all NRD board members must keep foremost in mind — because it’s not a choice, it’s a state mandate.