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County Council approves bond sales for sewage plant expansion and upgraded radio system

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on July 31, 2012 at 4:57 pm with 6 Comments »
July 31, 2012 6:23 pm

The Pierce County Council today authorized separate bond sales to expand the county’s sewage treatment facility and for an upgraded radio system for sheriff’s deputies and other emergency responders.

The council voted 6-0 to sell $210 million in revenue bonds for the $353 million expansion of the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in University Place. It is the second of three bond sales required to finance the project. So far, about $31 million in bonds has been issued.

Major construction is expected to begin in November. The expansion will increase capacity and meet anticipated stricter treatment regulations.

Utility customers have already started paying for the expansion with a series of rate hikes that will total 63 percent over four years. Those rate hikes will pay back the bonds.

The council also voted 6-0 today to authorize the sale of $18 million in general obligation bonds to finance an upgraded radio system for emergency responders. The council approved a contract with Motorola Solutions Inc. in February to comply with new federal standards for so-called “narrowbanding” that will take effect in January 2013.

Council member Stan Flemming, R-University Place, was absent from today’s meeting.

Virtually all of the $18.65 million Motorola contract will be funded by the South Sound 911 measure that Pierce County voters approved in November. It raised the sales tax starting in April by a penny on every $10 purchase to provide money to help build a combined radio network and two new dispatch centers. The sales tax will pay back the bond issue authorized today.

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  1. useyourcommonsense says:

    Pierce County has abused the sewer rate payers by using it to build the fancy Chambers Creek Golf Course. Thank you John Landenburg and all of the council members who voted to spend sewer money that way.

    So now the rate payers have to fund a new Treatment Plant. Would of been nice if they told the rate payers that when they funded the Golf
    Course. Maybe we would have had a choice with the sewer money. New Golf
    Course or New treatment plant, that would of been a “hard” choice.

    Our County Council hard at work…….They know what their priorities are (not).

  2. After Landenburg stole the sewer money for a golf course he now wants to be elected to a state position…I think not…vote NO on Landenburg. If fact, vote NO on both of the Ladenburgs!

  3. Motorola manufactures overseas and the quality since they went
    there has gone down greatly.
    You’re just going to make the hams look good in the next big
    earthquake or lahar. Then tens of thousands will be dead. When
    they can throw around that much money it’s probably time to limit
    them in the charter.

  4. sincere says:

    Apparently the Golf Course is not making all the money that was envisioned when it was proposed.Now we read about the losses in revenue instead of any gains.But you have to give credit to some of the Politicians,they alsays seem to have an answer for any problem that arises,and that answer seems to mean more and higher Taxes.

  5. PolarBear53 says:

    Why not take the 18 million from our General fund and self finanace and pay ourselves back with the tax they collect every quarter for the project rather than bond the measure and pay interest. Makes no sense. The County will collect more than they need for the project.

  6. nonstopjoe says:

    Jack up Chambers Bay greens fees and let out-of-town “hi-roller” pay the tab – sort of like Obama’s effort to get the 1% to pay for profligate government spending.

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