NewsMissoula County

Actions

Seeley Lake sewer bond ballots due back Tuesday

Seeley Lake Sign Winter
Posted at 11:05 AM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 13:11:24-05

SEELEY LAKE — Seeley Lake voters are deciding the fate of a multi-million dollar bond issue Tuesday to pay for a solution to the town's serious on-going water quality issues.  

Study after study has illustrated more nitrate contamination of groundwater tied directly to the septic systems, especially in the heart of town. 

The surface water of the lake and downstream are starting to be impacted.

With the $4.9 million General Obligation Bond, the cost would be just over $23 a month per household for a treatment plant.

The Revenue Bonds for the first phase of the collection system add $1.4 million, adding about $25 to the monthly bill for property owners.

The community did secure about $17 million in loans and grants for other aspects of the project.

All of the voting for Tuesday's decision is being done by mail.

The ballots will be collected at Seeley Lake High School until 8 p.m. on Tuesday and all ballots have to be received by the county either in Seeley Lake or Missoula by Tuesday evening.