Grand Junction Mulls Funding Issue for Drainage Maintanence
KREX News Room
MESA COUNTY, Colo. - The Grand Junction City Council is considering ways to improve drainage issues in the Grand Valley.
Currently, the Grand Valley Drainage District handles most of the flood and storm water runoff for urban and agricultural areas.
They say, however, they no longer have the funds to properly maintain all drains. So, they're asking the city to take over urban drains, including one that is crutial to the development of the new Community Hospital location.
City officials do tentatively plan on taking over one drain, but say the best option is to have one entity handle all of the urban draining, which could run up to $100 million.
Some options to help pay this massive debt would be to bring a vote to the people for a mill levy increase or for local governments to impose a small monthly fee on homeowners.
The 521 Drainage Authority, which is made up of Mesa County, Grand Junction, Fruita, Palisade and the GVDD, would assume responsibility for urban drainage.
The city will revisit the issue during the next city council meeting.