Longmont Council Puts Waste Water System Upgrades on Ballot

In November 2011, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued a wastewater treatment discharge permit to the City that included new ammonia discharge limits and a compliance schedule for meeting those limits.
The compliance schedule requires construction of additional treatment units and related improvements. The wastewater treatment system is also in need of upgrades in other areas, including replacement of equipment and renewal of support infrastructure.
Following the completion of a rate and fee study in 2012, the City Council approved wastewater fee increases, which went into effect in Jan. 2013. However, the rate increases alone will not fund the needed improvements. Therefore, the Council has approved a resolution to ask voters to approve financing to complete the project. The debt financing will be paid for solely with rate and fee revenues from the City’s Wastewater Utility Enterprise. Longmont’s electorate will have to approve the additional debt per TABOR requirements (Tax Payer Bill of Rights).

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