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Anderson Co. Hopes New Proposal Will Fix Sewer Fund Deficit

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A meeting was held Friday, June 14, for School and County Leaders to talk about the proposal. A meeting was held Friday, June 14, for School and County Leaders to talk about the proposal.

A new proposed ordinance by the Anderson County Council will attempt to bring the county sewer fund out of debt. The proposal though means future businesses coming to county will send more money to the debt than to county schools.

"We're already pulling so much out of that school system," says mom Sherry Shook, "They need to have more money invested in it, not less."

The proposal would change how fees-in-lieu of taxes are distributed in the county. Right now, businesses coming to Anderson County are giving an incentive, rather than paying property taxes, they pay a fee. The money from those fees is then divvied up with a majority of it going to county schools.

The new proposal would allow most of that revenue to be retained by the county and put into a fund to pay down the sewer debt. Currently the county sewer fund is $35.7 million in debt with nearly $3 Million being added every year.

The proposal does not impact agreements already in place. Schools will continue to receive the exact same amount of money from these agreements and only future agreements will fall under the new distribution proposal.

"We're at a breaking point," says County Administrator Rusty Burns.

There's also an aging sewer line on Highway 28 (Pearman Dairy Road) called "five mile sewer" that according to Burns needs to be replaced. It will cost $10 Million dollars to replace the line but it has to be replaced soon, it's already running the risk of failing.  There are 10 schools along that line that could be impacted if it fails.

The council will also vote on several measures next week to alleviate the sewer fund. They will vote on an increase in sewer fees. There are 4,500 customers that use the lines. For residents fees will go up $15.00 if the council passes the increase. They also will vote to end a summer discount program and to require Powdersville to pay for more of their own operations. The votes will happen during council meeting on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

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