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Sanitary District meets to discuss bond election

The Camp Verde Sanitary District meets today, Jan. 14, at 1 p.m. Included is a public hearing on a sanitation survey and report related to a request for a bond election in May.

“The Camp Verde Sanitary District held a bond election in May 2001 in which the voters approved borrowing up to $600,000 from the Water Infrastructure Financing Authority of Arizona (WIFA) to replace the District’s existing septage-receiving facility, remove and dispose of existing sludge in the district’s aerated lagoons and construct lateral and connecting sewers in the Fort River Caves and Reddell Ranch Acres Subdivisions,” the District’s attorney, Corbin Vandemoer, said.

However, the District obtained additional loan grant monies from USDA Rural Development for the above-mentioned facilities, and now finds itself short of funds necessary to purchase the plant site from the U.S. Forest Service. Therefore the Camp Verde Sanitary District plans to ask the voters to allow the previously approved amount up to $600,000 to be used to purchase the treatment plan site at a bond election to be held on May 18.

The USFS’s appraisal for the land was released to the district in November 2003 for $1.1 million for 161 acres.

At the time, District Chair Suzy Burnside explained the need for the purchase of the land: “In order to accomplish the upgrade, it is necessary for the district to own the land on which the improvement will be made. Based on the appraisal, if the district does not acquire the land, the annual rent for the site on a year-to-year lease could be $55,000 annually. The district would be unable to comply with the aquifer protection permit and upgrades as required,” she said.

The election is expected to be called at today’s sanitary district meeting following discussion.

“We’re asking for the $600,000, offered Burnside, “because we may not have enough funds set aside to purchase the wastewater treatment plant acreage.”

The Camp Verde Sanitary District meets Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1 p.m., District Office in Town Hall Complex, 435H S. Main St., Camp Verde. It is open to the public. The public hearing on the bond issue is first on the agenda that includes 15 other sewer-related items.

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