Should Taxpayers Pay for a Subdivision’s Gratuitous Water Supply?

Per the Charlottesville Tomorrow story today: (bolding mine)

The Glenmore community has a single source of public drinking water, a 4-mile pipeline that runs along U.S. 250 east of Charlottesville. However, if Albemarle officials decide to add a backup storage tank, they will use $2 million of the county’s capital funds rather than ask the developers or Glenmore residents to pay for it.

“It is not something that is needed to provide [water] for Glenmore,” said James Bowling IV, legal counsel for the Albemarle County Service Authority. “It’s a convenience [but] one that you would certainly call a necessity if there was an emergency.”


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4 Comments

  1. craigger November 22, 2010 at 14:34

    Cumulatively, the glenmore community probably pays more than 1.5mm a year in albemarle property tax, so 2mm for their water tank doesn’t seem too egregious.

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  2. Neil Williamson November 22, 2010 at 15:41

    A small clarification. Ratepayers (not taxpayers) would pay for this as it would come from the ALbemarle County Service Authority Capital budget. This is a very different fund than the County Capital Improvement Plan.

    Neil

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    1. Jim Duncan November 23, 2010 at 12:34

      Thanks, Neil. Realistically, they’re pulling from the masses to pay for a few, no?

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  3. Neil Williamson November 23, 2010 at 13:09

    Not any more so than Glenmore residents paying for Crozet (or North 29) Capital improvements to the water system; which they have been doing through the ACSA CIP for their entire existance.

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