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River North upgrades exceed budget
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
May 15, 2014 | 1528 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
More than two years after voters in the gated community of River North approved a special tax district to pay for needed repairs to their aging sanitary sewer system, the project is no closer to being started.

The River North tax district referendum was included on the March 6, 2012, presidential primary ballots for River North residents and was approved by more than a 3-1 majority.

County Administrator Mike Underwood explained at a May 6 work session that the county is only a conduit for the project. Jones County’s water system is an enterprise fund, which means it is funded totally by revenues from the county’s water and sewer customers.

The delay in the project is a matter of money, according to consulting engineer Tim Ingram, who spoke at last week’s meeting. Ingram began with a report about bid tabulations. He said, when the county started the River North project, a cost estimate was completed in July of 2011. The total cost of the project at that time was $1,326,319.

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