Harrisonville residents have griped for years about the town’s bad-tasting water, and city leaders are preparing to ask voters for the money to fix it.
A proposed bond issue, which could be on the November ballot, would pay for upgrades to the city’s water treatment plant.
The price tag: $9.5 million.
City leaders are promising that the improvements would reduce taste and odor-causing compounds below detectable limits, while setting the stage for extending the life of the water system.
Harrisonville resident Brian Hasek, who was vocal in opposing the city’s recent sales tax proposal for street improvements, told the Board of Aldermen last week that he supports this project.
“I’ve lived here a long time and the water doesn’t taste the greatest,” he said. “I know this would help that. You need to show the people that this is truly something that is needed and that needs to be done.”
On Aug. 4, the aldermen gave initial approval to an ordinance that would let voters decide whether to issue $7 million in combined water and sewer revenue bonds to finance the upgrades.
Final approval could come Aug. 18.
To pay back the bond over 20 years, the city would phase in a rate hike that eventually would raise water bills about $12 a month for the average residential customer.
If voters approve the $7 million, Harrisonville plans to use $2.5 million in previously approved revenue bonds to cover the rest of the cost.