The neighborhood features nice homes and manicured lawns, and it even has a sewer plant — one that is at the center of a hot debate in Crockery Township right now.
Township leaders are worried about increasing costs from the county to operate the sewage treatment facility, while at the same time not getting any additional revenue to fund the plant due to stagnant and slower-than-normal home construction and sales.
This situation is leading to the township having to dip into its General Fund in order to cover its shortfall. According to township officials, they’ve transferred a little more than $102,000 to the sewer fund since 2006 from the township’s General Fund.
This, in our opinion, isn’t something that should be done in order to deal with this situation.
Crockery Township taxpayers who don’t have connections to sewer and have to use a septic system shouldn’t be on the hook for funding one.
Instead, the county and township should work together to find a way to lower the operational costs so that it does balance itself out. Otherwise, the township should seek out a private entity to operate the plant.
Perhaps a private company could come in and run the sewage treatment plant for a reduced cost compared to what the county is currently charging the township.
Another thing the township should be doing to make the sewage plant more friendly to its budget is seek more users from other areas. Perhaps there are businesses and other homes that could tap into it to see if the plant could be operated cheaper.
Whatever the case may be, our hope is that somehow, someway, the county and the township can work together to find a solution to this mess. Taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for something only a fraction of the township benefits from.
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