Confused about what’s going on with the Tri-City Regional Sanitation District? You should be!

TCRSD is pushing forward with a $92-million project that residents will be responsible for paying for, yet the residents will never have a chance to vote. TCRSD established their district so board members can obligate the taxpayers in the district to whatever financial burden the TCRSD board deems necessary. 

The Globe-Miami area does not need a third wastewater treatment plant. Both the City of Globe and the Town of Miami have wastewater treatment plants with enough capacity to service the entire Tri-City area.

Both Globe and Miami already have the infrastructure in the ground in areas where TCRSD is planning to run duplicate lines along the same routes — miles and miles of wasteful spending.

Services will not be available to Tri-City residents for 3-4 years, as compared to 1-2 years if partnered with Globe and Miami. That’s 3-4 years of high taxes for zero service. Some residents will never receive service yet will be required to pay taxes. 

TCRSD is planning to build a wastewater treatment plant uphill against gravity flow, which requires millions of dollars in lift stations and generators to accomplish.

The wastewater treatment plant and lift stations will be located in residential areas, which will be an eyesore and decrease home values.

TCRSD said that building a wastewater treatment plant downstream is “logical,” yet Miami already has a wastewater treatment plant at that location. TCRSD president, Bob Zache insists on having his own wastewater treatment plant; therefore, the plant must incur millions of dollars in added expenses to move the facility uphill.

USDA will provide up to 80 percent grant and 20 percent loan for municipal projects. A sanitary district is limited to 50 percent grant, 50 percent loan for projects (that could go up to 100 percent loan). TCRSD’s refusal to partner with Miami and Globe means residents of Tri-City will have to pay 30- to 50 percent more — that’s tens of millions of dollars taxpayers will be obligated to pay — just because TCRSD refuses to negotiate with Miami and Globe.

The project is slated to cost $92 million. Town of Miami’s wastewater project was expected to cost $18 million. The Town of Miami’s project currently tops $50-million — $32-million over budget. Construction costs can exceed the projected amount, especially when the project manager doesn’t know what they’re doing.

TCRSD freely admits that they don’t know what they’re doing.

TCRSD’s project does not have to cost $92-million. If TCRSD partners with Globe and Miami, the costs for the wastewater treatment plant and all the duplicated infrastructure would be eliminated, plus the project will qualify for 80 percent grant funding. Total project costs would be around $30 million with 80 percent of that being covered by grant funds: that’s $24 million in grants, $6 million loan (taxes) versus Bob Zache’s proposal for taxpayers to pay $46- to $60 million in taxes.

Vote in November. Bob Zache lives in the Miami wastewater district, he will not be affected by the high costs, he should not be making decisions for Tri-City taxpayers.

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