Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Support for sewer bond is a no-brainer

    I am writing to encourage Hailey voters to vote “Yes” on May 20 for the proposed Hailey sewer bond.
    Reinvesting in needed infrastructure is the simplest step we can take to keep our town well positioned for the future. Water and sewer infrastructure are long-term investments into our economic and environmental health, and are typically planned on a 50-year planning horizon. This project builds on the work approved by the voters in 2000 for the “liquid” part of our plant. Now we need to upgrade aging pipes and technology for the “solids,” which are 40 years old, near the end of their useful life.
    We can all picture the “Green Dome” in south Woodside, which is where our solid sewer waste is treated.  The facility was built in 1974, and separates solid and liquid waste so that we can haul solids up to the Ohio Gulch landfill. Because the technology is old, at the Green Dome, the solid waste we haul to the landfill is 99 percent liquid. What a waste. A newer facility will fix this issue, and reduce the cost of hauling 6,500 gallons of sludge up the highway four times per week.
    Spreading the cost of these improvements over a 20-year cycle makes sense for us taxpayers. For an average house such as mine, I will see an increase of less than $3.50 per month in my sewer bill.  Our sewer rates will still remain lower than many Idaho communities.
    The ability to tax ourselves in order to plan for our future is a one of our great strengths as a community. Passing this sewer bond on May 20th is a no-brainer.
Lisa Horowitz


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