The unofficial votes have reported a passing vote on the City of Monroe City’s Sewer System Proposal. Polls report 281 yes votes with only 41 voting against the bond. On Tuesday, November 5 the Monroe City election polls were filled with community residents to make the deciding vote on what the future holds for the Monroe City Sewer System. The City has 1,723 registered voters, of which only 322 exercised their right to vote.
The citizens approval will allow the City of Monroe City, to issue sewerage system revenue bonds in the amount of Seven Million Seven Hundred Thousand Dollars ($7,700,000). The bond will be used for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, furnishing, equipping, extending and improving the City's sewerage system, including the acquisition of real estate and easements related thereto, the cost of operation and maintenance of said system. The approval also includes the principal of an interest on said revenue bonds to be payable solely from the revenues derived by the City from the operation of its sewerage system, including all future extensions and improvements.
The current sewerage system has become outdated and does not meet the Department of Natural Resources. The approval of the bond proposal will allow the City of Monroe City to seek the necessary loans and bonds for a new sewerage plant to be built with the most cost effective options for the citizens. Several community members have voiced their opinions on this matter in one way or another. The bond issue found on the ballot left voters with two choices, vote yes for the sewer bill to double and vote no for the sewer bill to triple. Regardless of the official count, Monroe City citizens will still have to dig deeper in their pocket books to fund the project.