Who pays infrastructure costs ?
Bills aim to flow funds to sewer projects
new loan, grant programs sought
Originally Published: September 23, 2012
by Amy Lane for Crains Detroit Business
Lansing to help communities address their aging sewer systems
via House Bills 5673-5676 in Michigan legislature.
A $1 billion environmental bond passed by voters in 2002
will have new state loans/grant programs for sewer/stormwater.
Where does Warren stand in all of this – like an island all alone.
Mayor of Warren, James Fouts, has requested state/federal help before:
The “health” of local metropolitan sewer systems in apparently unknown;
– no comprehensive reports have been done for over a decade.
Communities often lack the funding to assess stormwater systems.
The new state-designed loan program will easily facilitate construction
of sewer pollution control projects versus the cumbersome existing
revolving fund that provides low-interest loans to municipalities.
The antiquated SEMCOG sewer infrastructure report of 2001
projected $26 billion might be needed over the next several years
to maintain and improve sewage collection and treatment systems.
It’s the sort of unseen problems underground, out-of-sight, that
come back to bite and tear metropolitan budgets apart.
The House bills await action by the full House;
a similar Senate package, SBs 1155-1158,
received their first committee hearing last week.