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County considering long list of Thursday, July 17, 2014 -Mason County Journal- Page A-7 elfair sewer recommendations By NATALIE JOHNSON Mason County Board of Corn-pleased that the committee • To impose a special bene-the next scheduled comprehen- natalie@masoncoun com missioners in an interview with recognized that promoting eco- fit assessment for all properties sive plan update. the Journal. "I'm very thankful nomic development in Belfair in the UGA with access to the • To establish a Subarea A committee tasked with for this group and theirwiUing- will help improve the sewefs Belfair sewer that are not cur- Planning Committee for the solving the Belfair Sewer Dis- ness to get down to some very ability to financially support rently connected, county's urban growth areas trict's financial woes was told nitty gritty details." itself. • To revise current sewer to review zoning and develop- by the Mason County Board of Members of the committee In June, the Belfair Sewer codes and construction st•n- ment regulations. Commissioners that they have urged the county commissionAdvisory Committee gave thedards to provide uniform re- • To pursue alternatives more time. to not increase sewer rates in county commission 20 recom-quirements across all county- for restructuring Belfair sewer The commission July 8 ap- Belfair. mendations regarding the sew- owned sewer systems, debt. The county borrowed $14 proved extending the Belfair In addition to the commit- er system. • To pursue imposing a million to build the sewer. Sewer Advisory Committee life tee's recommendations, Jef-Their recommendations, not sales tax devoted to funding • To revise codes to require through 2015. freys said the commission will listed in order of their priority, sanitary sewers, all properties to connect to the The commissioners said likely discuss using a line of include: • To continue to allocate the sewer when the sewer line is they extended the committee's credit to help pay for mainte- • To actively pursue com- county's rural county sales and available. term to allow the members to nance and operation costs at bining county-owned and oper- use tax money, known as 0.09 • To consider extending help rank and implement their the sewer, ated water and sewer utilities funds, and real estate excise sanitary sewer service to devel- recommendations. Rather than take out a lineinto one consolidated utility tax money, known as REET, opments outside the UGA, such Work done in the past year of credit with a bank, the corn- with separate enterprise funds to pay for Belfair sewer capital as areas in Kitsap County. by the committee has resulted mission could borrow money for managing capital costs for costs until the system can sup- • To conduct a performance in a long list of recommenda- from itself, each system, port itself, audit and cost]benefit analysis tions on how to solve the sew- The county invests money • To appoint a citizens advi- • To use county general on the cost of privatizing the er's financial troubles, with a state investment pool. sory committee with represen- fund money to repay debt onBelfair sewer. The sewer is expected to beRather than invest that money, tatives from each service area the sewer. • To pursue options to sell more than $800,000 in the red the county could use it to help to discuss capital expenditures, • To remove restrictions reclaimed water from the Bel- in 2015. pay for sewer-related costs, she operation costs, rates and bud- on onsite septic systems, but fair sewer. "I was appreciative that the said. gets. require landowners to connect • To extend the term of the committee recognized ... that ' Ee could probably pay our- • To provide sewer infra- to the sewer when it is avail- Belfair Sewer Advisory Com- the sewer system will eventual- selves the same type of interest structure to the entire build- able. mittee. ly grow into itself financially," rates," she said. able Belfair Urban Growth • To review the boundaries • To create a review process said Terri Jeffreys, chair of the Jeffreys said she was Area (UGA). of the Belfair UGA as part of for all system expansions. 360-479-4414 450 S. National Av. Bremerton t KitsapLumber.com FLOATOOCK [ The Most Complete Packages in Town! BglB PUlLT h12' 6'x8' lO'x 12'.$975oo 12'x 16'.$1,600oo NEWSHIPMENT 8' 8' Sfoot EATEDTIES each (used guard rails) Our new, low-dose CT Scanner brings comfort and safety to you and your family with state-of-the-art technology. 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