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Junius increases amount to be spent on water district improvements, subject to referendum

The Town Board wants to increase the maximum amount to be spent for improvements to Water District No. 3, while reducing first-year costs for customers.

The proposed increase is subject to a permissive referendum.

That means if a sufficient number of signatures are obtained on a petition asking for the public vote, the town must schedule a binding referendum.

At its Dec. 19 meeting, the board voted to increase the maximum amount to be spent for improvements to Water District No. 3 from $848,480 to $1.2 million, increasing the amount to be financed by $441,200. That would put the first-year debt service at $23,957.

Town officials say the annual debt service charge per Equivalent Dwelling Unit (EDU), based on the additional project cost, is estimated to be $432, a decrease from $781.

The annual water fee per gallon and operation and maintenance cost is estimated to increase from $300 to $368, but the total estimated first-year charge for everything is projected to decrease from $1,081 to $800.

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