1-Cent Sales Tax for Water System Improvements
- Category: Water Department
On September 4, 2012, the City Council approved a resolution to place a ballot question on the November ballot for citizens to vote whether to impose a new 1% sales tax to help pay for water system improvements (e.g. new raw water line to El Dorado, Walnut River diversion project, developing new water sources, etc.). A community imformation meeting was held on August 30, 2012 to provide information and answer questions from the public about the proposed sales tax and projects. On November 6, 2012, Augusta's citizens voted to approve the 1% sales tax by about a 2:1 margin. The new sales tax will take effect in April 2013, but the City will not receive its first distribution from the new sales tax revenue until June 2013.
Frequently asked questions from the public (with answers) are posted below. If you have a question not on the list below, please click here to submit your question. Answers will be posted as soon as we can get to them.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Why can't we just buy more water from El Dorado?
Who owns the raw water line between El Dorado and Mulvane?
If we need water so bad, why did the City drain the Augusta City Lake?
The Kansas Division of Water Resources (DWR) designated the spillway at the Augusta City Lake as a "high hazard" structure because it was deemed to have an inadequate capacity to handle the "Probable Maximum Precipitation" (PMP) event. In other words, because of the inadequate spillway capacity, the dam could be overtopped during a signficant rain event, potentially causing a breach that could result in damage and/or loss of life downstream if the dam were to fail. The City was mandated by DWR to address the spillway capacity problem.
Why is a sales tax being used to fund water system improvements?
Will Mulvane participate in the costs of replacing the water pipeline to El Dorado?
What is the capacity of the water treatment plant and can it accomodate the increase in flow from a new pipeline?
What is the timeline for completing the proposed new water pipeline to El Dorado?