Sewer plant costs rise as council drags its feet

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

     So, after dragging our feet for two years, the city council finally has hired a bonding company for $18,000 to figure out what we need for a sewer plant. Two years in the waiting since the city discovered it had to replace the plant and, at that time, the costs were estimated at $5 million to $6 million, and now the cost estimates are $8 million to $9 million. Time is money, especially when you fill our workload with other more interesting things and do not take care of the basics in a timely manner.

     Our city has carried a $10 million debt for at least 10 years, so there is not any extra money. Some of the monkey business in the State House has lowered the amount of tax revenues within the cities by removing the commercial rate from rental property (apartments, etc.) and simply making it the same as residential. So the money to pay for this sewer plant is going to have to come largely from rate increases.

     Two years ago, it was reported in the Express, that Anamosa citizens had suffered from sticker shock when their rates went up $50 a month because of their new sewage plant. How much do you think our sticker shock is going to be when the price just went from $5 million to $6 million to $8 million to $9 million?

     Meanwhile, the city’s property, the Compadres building, continues to fall in and now we are acquiring the old Energy building so we all can watch another building gradually fall in since we won’t have the money to pay for everything out of the General Fund. All this because the council refused to act in a timely manner and address first things first, opting for the city manager to make the decisions.

Steve Hanken

Monticello, Iowa

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