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Flossmoor Going to Referendum for Water System Repair Funds

Flossmoor Mayor Paul Braun says a vigorous education process is in store for citizens over the next few months before a referendum for $7.2 million in bonds to repair the water system appears on the ballot in November.

Flossmoor reisdents now have an important decision ahead of them.

Along with president of the United States, Flossmoor voters will be deciding to vote yes or no on a referendum attempting to issue a total of $7.2 million in general obligation (G.O.) bonds to help pay for village water system repairs. The improvement plan is expected to last eight years due to the work load, according to Director of Public Works George Peluso.

Whether or not the repairs are necessary is up for debate. As it stands, the village seems to be hemorrhaging water at a rate of one gallon of every three lost, according to village reports. Monetarily, that amounts to somewhere between half of one million and one million dollars annually.

Resident Rick Thomas attended the meeting and expressed his concerns. He said he has some reservations when it comes to the technical implementation of the water system repair plan, especially in phase two (should the referendum pass). Thomas' main concern involved the relocating of water service line lines from the backyard of a select number of homes to the frontyard where the new water mains are to be placed. He says such an operation is rather difficult. Public Works officials, however, maintain the work will be accomplished.

Mayor Braun ended with an open invitation to all Flossmoor reisdents. If anyone still has questions regarding the implementation, finanancing or technical elements of this plan, to please ask the village.

Should the referendum fail, the village plans to follow up action with a revenue bond.

Grant Anderson August 30, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Now how exactly would they repair this problem.I'm not a resident but Would flossmoor residents taxes go up to pay for repairs? Are water bills raising because of lack of water?
Flossmoor Family August 30, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I agree about Flossmoor’s reputation, we are not seen as “resident “or even business friendly and this is the essence of our woes. If our village was run like any other successful business, everyone knows what would happen to the employees that are disrespectful to the client (taxpayer), focus on petty issues, underperform managerially or as you state possibly “manipulate” critical information. I’m certain nothing will change in Flossmoor until our elected stop solely/blindly depending on expensive bad advice and come to terms with these sad facts.
Flossmoor Family August 30, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Tony D, I’m not trying to start a rivalry with you but please stay on-task with this thread, you seem bitterly and literally out in the Stratosphere somewhere with this HFPD comparison!
Sue Bertram August 30, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Grant, the answer to your question is that if the referendum DOES pass, it will be paid for by Flossmoor taxpayer's dollars. If it does NOT pass, the cost will be passed on to the residents through the water bills based on usage rates. Not the best solution since it is an improvement to village infrastructure that would best be shared over then entire village. As it is, the Village has a Water and Sewer Tax based on usage. The Sewer part of this tax is disproportionately applied since it does not take into account water used during warm weather - watering gardens, lawns, etc, - which never enters the sewer system. Many communities, but not Flossmoor, base the sewer tax on an average of water used during only the winter months.
Sue Bertram August 31, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Tony and All: I am also removing my comments on the irrelevant and personal issues brought by Mr. Dauginas into to this discussion. I have, however, made a Word copy of the entire text, just in the event there is ever a question of "Who said what about Who." Should anyone want a copy, feel free to contact me.

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