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Posted on May 26, 2016 at 10:39 PM by Charles Stump
Once a new subdivision is complete, the responsibility for the maintenance of its infrastructure (roads, sidewalks, parks, water, sewer, etc.) passes to the Town. For this reason, Town staff, including the Town engineer, ensures that all infrastructure development meets strict construction and inspection requirements prior to being turned over to the town.
The worst I&I problems in Poolesville arise in the older areas of town that were built mainly in the 1960s through 1970s. The construction materials and practices used at that time, coupled with the geology in Poolesville, lead to our worst I&I problems. While I&I issues can occur in some of the newer areas of town (I&I is a constant issue with any sewer system), their impact will be significantly lower due to the modern construction materials and construction practices.
Fees to town from new home developments pay for significant portions of the outstanding loans. Without a slow but steady supply of these fees from new development, the debt service payments will have to be shifted more and more to property taxes resulting in reduced services and amenities to residents and substantially higher property taxes.
These upgrades and replacements represent large capital expenditures that need to be paid for in the near future. The Fiscal Year 2017 Town of Poolesville budget has begun to fund these future needs without taking on more debt. However, the fees received from additional new development will be critical to fully funding these needs without additional significant tax increases or reductions in services to residents.
I have tried to write about facts as opposed to giving my own opinions on matters related to the future of Poolesville. For the latter, please contact me directly. I strongly encourage residents to ask questions and get involved with Town government. After all, this is our community and I know all of us want the best for Poolesville, today and into the future. The last thing we need is to perpetuate incorrect information and outdated facts.