June 13, 2008 · Updated 10:36 AM
State to fund Auburn's water project?
The city of Auburn is on a list of local water and sewer projects that would be eligible for state funds under a bill that passed the state Senate last Friday.
The measure, sent to Governor Gary Locke for his signature, involves the Public Works Trust Fund, established by the Legislature in 1985 to provide low-interest or interest-free loans for public works projects sought by city, county and other local governments.
Auburn would receive $675,000 to pay for cleaning and resurfacing three water storage reservoirs, starting in May.
This program is a boon to communities that want to upgrade their streets or improve their water and sewer systems, said Sen. Tracey J. Eide (D-30th District) of Federal Way. Its especially helpful now that so many local jurisdictions are struggling for funds.
Revenue for the states Public Works Assistance Account that funds the program comes from utility and sales taxes on water, sewer service and garbage collection, plus real estate taxes.