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Metro District Seeks New Ways to Save Money
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Some months ago, the public works department of the Colorado City Metropolitan District entertained a demonstration of a fan press device that removes water from sludge. In an option approved by the Board of Directors at their regularly scheduled meeting at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 27, 2018, the district will acquire the $203,536 device that is accompanied by a monthly payment roughly equivalent to the current cost of sludge transportation, somewhere between $10,000-12,000 per month. At that repayment rate, the device will be paid off in sixteen to eighteen months, all while retaining much needed raw water for an area suffering drought conditions. The raw water can be treated for consumption and commercial use, or credited for return flow under water agreements. In the future, the device might provide an additional income stream for the district.

Colorado City resident Dave Houghton addressed the board during public comment about the draft budget introduced at the first of two public hearings, held on November 13, 2018. Houghton complained that current year actual figures are difficult to define without the ending date making current year forecast impossible to estimate. While voters approved the marijuana excise tax in the district, there is no information on how the funds are utilized. Houghton suggested that a listing of projects might be of value for those supporting the new tax. While water and sewer base rates were described as “moderate” increases, Houghton told the board that 2,500 gallons of water usage would result in a 15% increase while 2,000 gallons of sewage would cause a 21% increase. In an article published in the Greenhorn Valley View, Houghton read the water enterprise fund lost $365,000 in 2017 but the budget reflects a surplus of $31,340. He informed the board that he could not make the two figures work in concert with one another. Houghton questioned why personnel costs in the sewer enterprise fund went up by 40% between 2018 and 2019.

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