Ask Joe: Where does sewer fund money go ?

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 2/21/2013 12:57 pm
Dick Ribas wrote in asking how Reno can have an emergency with our sewers when each homeowner pays a sewer fee of $106 per quarter ?
He's referring to the recent emergency declaration to obtain funding for repairs to the regional sewer facility in Sparks.
  He wants to know where the money is going ?
Here's how it breaks down. The city of Reno needs between one million and 1.5 million dollars to help with repairs of the regional wastewater treatment facility in Sparks.   The problems were first identified in January and now efforts are underway to come up with the funding for those repairs.   The city of Reno shares in the cost of those repairs.
  Reno residents do pay a quarterly fee to what is known as the sewer fund.   Where does that money go?
According to Michele Anderson with the city of Reno, 50% of those fees are used to pay to treat the wastewater at the plant.
  The other 50% is used to pay for repairs to sewer pipes within the city of Reno.
   So there is no money that's set aside for repairs to the regional facility. That's why the city has issued an emergency declaration, so it can obtain the money to start those repairs as soon as possible.
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