Thursday, December 10, 2009

Genesee County Proceeding with Plans for New Water System, Pipeline

Genesee County is reportedly proceeding with plans announced earlier this year, and reported here, to construct a new $600 million water transmission pipeline and water treatment plant.

Under the auspices of the new Karegnondi Water Authority, Genesee County Drain Commissioner Jeff Wright is spearheading this effort, which is aimed at giving Genesee and Sanilac Counties, along with the cities of Lapeer, Imlay City, and Flint more control over their water rates. Mr. Wright has touted significant ($200 million) savings for Genesee County residents, but a recent article in The Davison Index notes that those savings are projected to be "in the long run, after a slight increase over the course of a 25-year bond to pay for the pipeline."

Comment: Unless I'm misreading things, this means the projected savings for Genesee County residents won't materialize for more than a generation. Isn't that like promising a tax cut . . . that doesn't kick in until 2034?

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