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Water board proposes $1.58 million budget

By Roy J. Eaton | Published Saturday, August 16, 2014

Directors of the Wise County Water Supply District, an entity of the City of Decatur, reviewed a proposed budget of $1.58 million at their meeting Tuesday.

The district, organized as a debt retirement entity, provides water purchased from Lake Bridgeport to the city’s water treatment plant.

Decatur City Manager Brett Shannon, who handles water district business, proposed a tax rate of 12.75 cents, the same as the current year. The majority of the expenses, $785,000, are designated for debt retirement and another $570,000 goes for water purchases from Tarrant Regional Water District.

In addition to the water lines and pump stations at Lake Bridgeport, the district owns the water treatment plant, which is operated by the city.

At its Tuesday meeting the board approved $50,000 in improvements to the treatment plant, including a $25,000 contract to Kimley Horn Engineers to secure a wastewater permit for the plant.

The board will hold a public hearing on the budget and tax rate Aug. 27 at 4 p.m. at Decatur City Hall.

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