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Up For A Vote: T.F. City Council Hears From Local Committee On the Future Of Waste Water

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By Joey Martin

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Over the past 20 years the city of Twin Falls has seen nothing but growth.

But now the city finds itself in a situation that needs a remedy as soon as possible.

On Monday the Twin Falls City Council heard from the Waste Water Citizen Committee on what needs to be done for the future of the Twin Falls waste water plant.

Currently the facility is at full capacity.

That means no new or expanding industry.

And no more residential building permits can be issued until the waste water plant is upgraded to allow for the future growth.

To solve this problem the Citizens Committee is proposing an ordinance that will inevitably put the decision on the public shoulders.

The Committee is proposing a 20 year - 38 million dollar revenue bond that will go to upgrade the facilities.

“We are basically out of capacity and at a standstill as a community. We wanted to be able for rate payers to know that there was a maximum they could expect to pay over the next 20 years… and pretty much that maximum is an additional $5.21 a month.” Said Co-Chair of the Waste Water Citizens Committee, Lori Ward

The citizens committee wants to get the revenue bond placed on this coming May ballot.

To get that process started, on Monday the council approved the first reading of the ordinance and placed the issue on next week's agenda.

Next week the council will either vote to approve the ordinance for a third and final reading or postpone it until the next election.


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