Small point on sewer article … |

Small point on sewer article …

Craig SuwinskiSnake River Sanitation Plant Citizens Advisory CommitteeKeystone

A minor but important note about the West Ranch sewer line article (SDN, May 26).Funds for the minor “county” involvement in this capital expenditure are not “public funds”. The $10,000 to $12,000 that is being spent are funds from the Snake River Sanitation Plant account. Funds generated from sanitation fees are not “public” funds in the same sense that funds received from sales taxes are.The Snake River Sanitation Plant has its own budget, with a separate account in which all sanitation fees are kept and invested by County Treasurer Bill Wallace (about $8 million). This is an account legally separate from all other county funds. These funds are designated to be used only for the maintenance and upkeep of the sanitation “district’s” plant and operating costs. As noted in your article, there is a Citizens’ Advisory Committee that recommends sanitation plant action items (budgets, capital expenditures, plant upgrades, etc.) to the Board of County Commissioners, who has final approval on all these items. This committee is comprised of individuals who live within the plant’s service area, from Summerwood to Summit Cove to Keystone’s Ski Tip area.Editor’s Note: As one more point of clarity, sewer lines are not paid for by sales taxes, but are still paid for by a tax to homeowners within the sewage district.

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