Sewers systems are not always the best solution |

Sewers systems are not always the best solution

OK, here we go again; another excoriation of the Board of Supervisors majority about a non-issue: sewers. Or at least, it will surely become one when homeowners/taxpayers find out what the true costs of a major sewer trunk line and treatment plant are.

In the county where I lived as a homeowner for three decades, Santa Cruz, a sewer proposal was brought to homeowners in our area. When we found out what the actual costs were, the proposal was soundly rejected. Assessments on most properties, such as mine, would have run to $20,000 plus a $400 yearly maintenance fee imposed by the new sewer district, another bureaucracy. Sorry, way too rich for me and my neighbors’ blood. Are Nevada County homeowners prepared to look at those kind of dollars? I’ll bet not.

Also, properly working septic systems, are not only, according to environmental scientists, a sound way to go. The sewer advocates are also, in many cases, the big-bucks old guard around the county. Septic systems are a good natural way to keep density down. To all the folks who want Nevada County kept basically rural, sewers, in most cases, are a bad idea.

I cordially invite the other folks to move to the Bay Area, or better still, Southern California. Then those of us who cherish our county, with its magnificent forests and vistas, can live in peace.

Dennis Sloate

Nevada City

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