Skip to content

Who pays infrastructure costs ?

September 24, 2012

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.

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: