WASHINGTON, Ill. — Washington community members could have to pay a $5,000 tax levy for utility system upgrades.
A proposal would require 27 homeowners on North Lawndale and another nine on West Holland pay an extra $500 a year for the next 10 years.
City leaders say the utility upgrades are a necessity because the current system is outdated. Some neighbors at the meeting say they have already taken steps to upgrade their sewage system. However, due to three sewage lines needing repair, city leaders say it will be more cost effective for them to work with the city.
“The infrastructure there is probably 80-100 years old,” said Mayor of Washington, Gary Manier. “We have to get in and get it done to become compliant with IEPA. “If they do it themselves it could be $15,000-$20,000 per household. “We are trying to partner with them to get something done that is advantageous for all of us.”
Tuesday’s meeting was just the second reading of the ordinance. There will be a public hearing at the town hall meeting scheduled for Thursday October 3rd.