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Thursday, October 17,2013

Election Guide 2013: Yes on Longmont Ballot Question 2A

By Boulder Weekly Staff

Longmont Ballot Question 2A
Bonds for wastewater system improvements

Vote Yes

This question asks Longmont voters to authorize the city to issue up to $31.1 million in bonds to finance improvements to the municipal wastewater system. The bonds will be paid off using only revenues collected by the wastewater utility itself, so there isn’t a tax increase involved. Besides, new federal regulations that become effective in 2016 require the city to adhere to new standards reducing the amount of ammonia permitted in the water, or else face a fine of $10,000 a day, according to Mayor Dennis Coombs. If the bonds aren’t approved, he adds, the improvements will have to be made anyway, possibly involving significant increases in sewer rates. The recent flooding was a good reminder of the need to have solid infrastructure. Every single candidate for Longmont City Council supports passage of this measure, and so do we. Vote yes on 2A.

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