WATCH: Multi-million dollar budget increase for Sicamous water treatment plant
SICAMOUS – The District of Sicamous has struggled with its drinking water ever since the town experienced flooding two years ago
The problems persist, last Friday a boil water notice was issued.
Last year the district got a total of $3-million from the province and the federal government to build a new water treatment project.
At that time the new plant was expected to cost $4.5-million.
The budget has since ballooned to over $7.9-million.
Mayor Darrell Trouton says there were components missing from the basic plant that was originally planned that would have impacted the district’s waste water treatment plant.
Not everyone is happy with the $7.9-million plan, some taxpayers are concerned about the increase in taxes if the project goes ahead as is.
Part of the money to fund the project will come from reserves and grants from other levels of government.
The district also plans to borrow $4.39-million to pay its share of the tab.
In 2016 this will mean homeowners will pay an additional $34 for every $100-thousand dollars in assessed value.
The district hopes to break ground on the new water treatment plant this year.