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Rye Trustees Look to Close Out the Year
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There are so many things for any elected board to consider as the year draws to a close: mil levy, a certification of delinquent accounts to Pueblo County, TABOR, pending elections and the impact of results on the town, developing a budget for 2020 and the list goes on. The Town of Rye is certainly no exception as was in evidence when they met Wednesday evening, October 9, at town offices on Main Street.

Issues related to mil levy and TABOR will be resolved in consultation with the town attorney. On Wednesday evening the board considered which delinquent water accounts to certify to the County of Pueblo for collection.

Water treatment and sewer charges occupied much of the board discussion. While the board produced approximately 1,093,000 gallons of water in September, it billed residents for some 600,000 gallons and transferred some to storage tanks. Without a firm figure about the amount moved to storage, it is difficult to estimate the amount lost during transfer to residences. The industry standard is 10-15% loss between production and delivery. What had trustees scratching their collective heads was the charge to treat 800,000 gallons of sewage received from Colorado City Metropolitan District. That charge for sewage treatment works out to about $110 per household, according to trustee David Douglas, an amount far exceeding what the town charges and significantly more than Colorado City Metropolitan customers pay. The head scratching comes at a time when the sewage treatment agreement between the Town of Rye and CCMD still has not been finalized. Trustee Sonny Jackson volunteered to reach out to the attorney to determine what, if anything, is holding up the agreement between the two entities.

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