Regional sewer hookup is not a good idea for Auburn

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A few politicians are vehement about hooking Auburn to a regional sewer plant, with home sewer fee increases of maybe $1,200 per year, rather than a much less expensive Auburn-controlled plant. But what are the actual comparative estimates of future costs for each option’s speculative regulations? Next, compare those figures with the regional option’s astronomical immediate fee increase. Would the same regulations force increased costs regardless whether they’re imposed on a regional plant or on an Auburn-controlled plant? Our representatives insist that “economies of scale” will lessen prospective burdens in the distant future. They urge us to “share the costs” from “future expansion,” without quantifying what “costly upgrades” might indeed cost for both options. These terms, used in a recent opinion article, may reveal a bias toward the regional plant enabling sprawl development. Does “economies of scale” mean adding more hookups to lessen individual burdens? Could that mean huge sprawling subdivisions for the Auburn area? Does “future expansion” mean more capacity needed for even more houses? Is the vastly more expensive regional sewer hookup being urged so strongly because it enables the area between Auburn and Lincoln to be opened up for Lincoln-like sprawl? Auburn businesses and residents would be held hostage to a regional sewer line, having no control over ever-expanding costs, or over a plant’s highly-skilled/highly-paid technical employees. If Auburn chooses to be hooked to a regional facility, high paying jobs and other local benefits flowing from the operation of a high tech wastewater treatment plant will be located in Lincoln, not in Auburn. Mark Perry Auburn