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Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

Many people in eastern Summit County still claim officials at Mountain Regional Water Special Service District stole water from the Weber River to serve the gated Promontory subdivision, which is now in bankruptcy.

"One of the worst things that this county ever did was Mountain Regional," Coalville resident Denny Wright told members of the Eastern Summit County Planning Commission.

South Summit resident Bill Crystal also blames the county for taking water that he claims did not belong to them.

"You are our representatives and we need to depend on you people, you people are defending us," Wright said. "Just because there is a whole ton of money out there, doesn’t mean [the West Side gets] any special provisions compared to our side Just treat us fairly."

Fire District tax hike

The Park City Fire District wants about a 24-percent tax increase for those living in western Summit County. Money the district receives from people who own primary homes worth $500,000 would jump from $198 to $232.

The owners of businesses worth $500,000 would pay $63 more if the increase is approved, according to Fire District Chief Financial Officer Bill Pyper.

A Truth in Taxation hearing will discuss the proposed tax hike Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fire District administrative office building at 736 W. Bitner Road.

The fire tax for people who live in western Summit County full time would increase almost $7 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.

Revenue from the tax increase would help fund a new station on Holiday Ranch Loop Road, construction of a training facility and a fully staffed station at The Canyons.

Those with questions can contact Assistant Fire Chief Bob Zanetti at 940-2500.

Sewer district accolades

The Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District received two peak performance awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, which recognizes public wastewater treatment facilities with outstanding compliance records in 2007.

"The Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District is an outstanding example of environmental efforts," said Ken Kirk, the association’s executive director.

The Basin Water Reclamation District received a platinum award for achieving full compliance with treatment requirements for five consecutive years at its Silver Creek wastewater treatment facility.

The treatment facility on East Canyon Creek received a gold award for 100 percent compliance in 2007.


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