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Web letter by Alexander: Sewer project’s costs financing future development

We on Auburn Road and people of surrounding areas are being forced into the new Greater Cedar Creek sewer project, even though we have protested at what few meetings have taken place over the past year. We have no say in the matter.

The monthly cost of $114 has been amortized over 355 homes to pay for the required loan over 20 years. This amounts to $1,368 per year and $27,360 for each home over the 20 years, providing City Utilities $9,712,800 for the life of the loan.

In a Dec. 5 article, the deputy director of engineering for City Utilities identified the sewer project’s cost at $7.2 million for 357 homes.

We have checked with homeowners in various sections of Fort Wayne with none paying near $114. Approximate average sewer costs are: New Haven, $35; Aboite, $30; Dupont-Coldwater, $59; and Georgetown, $35.

There are hundreds of acres of undeveloped land in this area, as noted by the deputy director of engineering in the Dec. 5 article. This new sewer would provide infrastructure to pick up thousands of potential customers in the future, partly due to the nearness of Parkview Regional Hospital and the new Union Chapel Road Interstate 69 interchange.

Many homeowners have recently received letters from developers to sell their properties. It appears we 355 homeowners are paying upfront for the infrastructure to benefit all of those thousands of homes that will be built in this area in the near future. We received a partial billing from City Utilities of $78 starting in January 2013, even though we probably will not get hooked up until later this year. We’re not familiar with paying for services many months before we get the services.

This letter is not against the sewer, though some think they may not need it now. It looks to us that the cost is really out of line. Maybe a recheck of the figures is in order.

BOB and MONIA ALEXANDER

Fort Wayne

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