May 16, 2013
IS THE CITY OF MONTICELLO RUNNING OUT OF WATER?
you attend any of the JCWSA meetings you may be led to believe that the
City of Monticello is in desperate need of water.
JCWSA member, Ken McMichael has questioned the city of Monticello's water capabilities in three meetings. After the January JCWSA meeting the City sent a letter to the JCWSA stating their water sources and to "lessen the concerns" of JCWSA members.
the March meeting, Mr. McMichael again gave his reasons as to why the
City did not have enough water and ignored the details in the letter. Watch the video here: JCWSA says they have longer term perspective than City
Frank Sherrill, JCWSA engineer, was at the May JCWSA meeting and gave a presentation about the possible well sites in the Cedar Creek area.
His plan was to have JCWSA buy options on each site and then purchase a
1 acre site around the well if they produced water. He said if
any of them panned out that JCWSA could possibly "sell water to the
City at a cheaper rate than the City could produce it." He also
mentioned "helping the City out" and the good quality of the water that
would come out of the wells.
well option would cost approximately $15,000, but no one that owns the
land where these sites are located has expressed much interest.
Looking at the sites on the map, it would be difficult to sell
only 1 acre of the large plot of land without ruining the future use of
all the land. It was not discussed as to where the $15,000 per well option would come from. (This
map is produced from memory of the presentation. The well site on
the far left may be further down into the same parcel with the 2nd from
the left site.) The parcel highlighted is the parcel JCWSA seems
most interested in.
has long had money problems and have just borrowed more money from the
Bank of Monticello so they could pay off a long outstanding loan from
the Butts Co WSA. At a recent BOC meeting, Mark Walton of JCWSA,
presented the BOC with another "bill" showing how much JCWSA says
the county owes them. This bill was over $94,000 and included
both the 2009 amount ($42,982 that was not approved by the BOC) and the 2013 bill that will be billed by the Tax Commissioner in July ($41,896).
The BOC approved a "Fire District Tax" to help JCWSA pay for hydrant maintenance a few years ago. People
along the water lines pay a tax of approximately $23 per year that is
on their tax bill. This will be discussed at the next BOC where
the rate will be set for the next tax bill. The
rate last year was set to bring in $46,266. The additional money
(above what is "owed") is to pay the back amounts due--this according
to both Mr. Salmon and Mr. Trammell that served on the JCWSA--when a
new, higher rate was approved by the BOC. However, this tax revenue has not stopped JCWSA from billing the county and trying to get the BOC to pay out more money.
See discussion of fire district tax rate here at the 5/13/13 BOC meeting.
Setting JCWSA fire district tax
a higher rate going to be approved to pay for wells to help supply the
City? Does the City need extra water? Are the hydrants
being maintained with the money collected? How much more debt is
JCWSA considering adding? These are questions that should be answered at the joint BOC /JCWSA meeting on May 21 at 6:30PM.
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