Paso Robles waste water upgrade tabbed at $50 million
September 29, 2011
Updating Paso Robles’ antiquated waste water system will cost city residents an estimated $50 million, officials have decided, but on the advice of counsel, public presentation of the proposal will wait.
The city council decided this week to postpone a scheduled public hearing on financing the upgrades for the 58-year-old facility after City Attorney Iris Yang suggested more time was needed to allow participation by residents in the decision making process.
Expensive and threatening legal challenges to city officials’ method of finessing the financing of Paso Robles’ share of the Nacimiento Water Project motivated the council’s decision to delay the hearing until Oct. 4. A new rate structure for residents and businesses is also slated to be discussed
Design of the plant’s renovation is complete. Additional capital costs totaling $32 million over the next 16 years “will be needed to address the city’s aged collection system,” Public Works Director Doug Monn said.
Monn noted that annual costs to fund operations, maintenance, planned capital projects, and depreciation could reach $14 million.