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Jerome City Council Moves Forward With Wastewater Treatment Plant
Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) In May, 54-percent of Jerome voters turned down a $48.6 million bond to improve the wastewater treatment plant.
The city council approved a judicial confirmation to get approval for its backup plan.
A judicial confirmation is approved for the wastewater treatment plant. So, what are the next steps for the facility to get an upgrade?
"We will file a petition with the 5th District Court and we'll get a court date set and our bond attorney is taking care of this. Then the court will review our petition to make a determination of whether or not the things we are asking for are considered ordinary and necessary,” said Mayor John Shine, City of Jerome.
City officials are asking the court if they can move forward with solving the problem.
That is to insure the wastewater plant is running reliably and that it will run for years to come.
"The council approved a max amount of funding of $35.8 million, we are hoping that it won't cost that much. We needed to make sure to ask for the most we expect it to be. The total plan would roll out to be six years,” said Shine.
Just because voters turned down the wastewater bond in May doesn't mean their rates won't go up.
"They will not see an increase in property taxes but they will see increase in their user rates. The cost of doing this will have to go onto the users, that includes residential and businesses. We're all going to have to pay foot the bill for this,” said Shine.
On the city's judicial confirmation outline it states: Once the case is assigned to a judge a hearing date is arraigned, which must be at least 30-days later in order to meet the statutory publication and posting requirements.