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Jerome County Wastewater Rates Increased
Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV)
The Jerome City Council increased the wastewater rates by resolution.
This, to help pay for improvements to the wastewater treatment facility.
Says Gilbert Sanchez, Superintendant of the Wastewater Treatment Facility, "it was very quiet this evening. We were open for comment and there weren’t any so maybe people are realizing this is something we need, it's very important, and I think in the long run we're going to benefit from it."
John Shine, Mayor of Jerome, adds, "this is something we have to do. We have to make the increases in our wastewater plant, increases in capacity, and ability to process. We're going to have to do it.”
A 35.8 million dollar debt will be incurred following the expansion of the facility.
Residents will see their rates increase by $19.50.
Says Shine, “the rates that we set tonight will be the maximum they will be and as we go through the design process and we're able to technical solutions that will allow us to implement our changes less expensively, then we will reduce the rates next year and give it back to the rate payers.”
Sanchez says, “we're looking forward to the upgrades at the facility. We're looking forward to making sure we have the redundancies in place for the EPA and hopefully we'll be able to treat the waste we're getting form our industries, as well as our domestic waste, with confidence.”
Looking towards a better, and safer, future.