Dayton Earmarks $1 Million in Cap Tax For Lagoon

The town of Dayton will spend more than half its $1.92 million share of capital facilities tax funds on upgrades to the three-cell lagoon that comprises the city's waste-water treatment system.

For the project, the $1 million proposed from cap tax funds will be supplemented by another half million from other sources.

Of the remaining $920,000 in cap tax revenues, $420,000 will be spent on maintaining the streets, and $500,000 on water and sewer system upgrades. No additional funding is expected to be needed for either project.

Dayton Mayor Bob Wood said the amount allotted for streets should be enough for crack sealing. The town does not rotomill or overlay its streets. The remaining cap tax funds would be reserved for future maintenance and cleaning of the town's water and sewer lines.

The mayor said the existing liner of the town's lagoon, which uses ultraviolet disinfection to treat waste-water, was finished in 1999. Town officials expect it will need to be replaced in another five to eight years. Work will be done when sufficient capital facilities tax revenues are available.

The tax will be decided upon when the Sheridan County voters go to the polls on Nov. 5, to decide whether to continue the existing 1 percent capital facilities tax, which if approved is projected to raise a maximum of $40 million over the next eight years.

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