Editorial - Seeking sewer cash
About 95 percent of the homes in the Pangborn East sewer district have problems with their septic systems, according to the Washington County Health Department, so it makes sense to provide sewer service there. But at what cost?
The county commissioners asked themselves that question last week, and probably will answer it by doing again what they've been doing with the rest of the county system - subsidizing it with general fund dollars. But unless the governor signs a bill sought by the commissioners to make such a subsidy legal, the county board's action only hasten the day when this subsidy will face a court challenge.
The system, designed to serve 50 homes, will cost $700,000, but will yield only $8,000 a year in operating revenue. Hook-up fees to the county will generate a little bit less than $90,000, which leaves the general fund to make up a lot of ground.