Members representing West Muskingum Schools met with the Muskingum County Commissioners Monday to discuss hooking the school’s sewage into the county’s sewer line.
The commissioners had made an offer to the school allowing them to tap into the county’s sewer line for $350,000. The board approved a resolution at their last meeting to counter that offer with one of $300,000 saying the school simply doesn’t have the money.
"We’re a school district that has had trouble financially for years, failed levies throughout our time at West Muskingum, and money comes hard to us," said School Board President Ty Dierkes. "So basically, we were just asking the commissioners for an opportunity to lower the rate so that we could hook on and get out of the sewer business. "
The commissioners took the proposal under advisement and offered a seven year payment plan with a carrying charge as a possible way to attain the final $50,000. The commissioners voiced concerns that allowing one organization to tap in for a lesser rate could be a slippery slope.
Commissioner Jerry Lavy said, "We’re trying to stay consistent with all of our projects like this so that we don’t get into a situation where we let one off and then somebody else comes along and says, ‘Hey, you let them off. We would like to have the same privilege.’ So what we’re trying to do, and what we have tried to maintain, is staying consistent throughout our policy."
A final decision on the issue is expected by June 20th to meet the school’s project deadline.