WATER SHARES & WATER PRICES
There was a discussion on Lyons Happenings on Facebook this week, February 15. Someone wanted to know the utility costs before moving to Lyons. The cost of water is complicated, as there are also sewer costs and more. One person who is a part-time resident, and doesn’t water her lawn said that she pays $85 month for water. Others gave estimates of $200 to almost $500.
============The Lyons Recorder hopes to have a report from the Town Water director to publish===========
Greg Lowell, who is very knowledgeable about the town’s utilities, gave a concise, clear statement about how the town gets its water, and the stages that it has recently gone through. (More information can be found in our monthly Town Meetings articles.)
“Lyons has the most expensive water on the Front Range. All our water comes from City of Longmont (that red barn-like structure on 66 by Rabbit Mountain turnoff houses our pumps). The old Lyons water plant is on upper Apple Valley Rd. before the rainbow bridge. Town had issues with water quality and our water shares out of Ralph Price were low in seniority and Board made decision to not repair Lyons system and join in with Longmont. Longmont is well-stocked with water shares so water availability not an issue. But agreement with Longmont states that – unless grandfathered – any new residential building in Lyons must dedicate one Colorado Big Thompson water share (currently going at auction for $65K each) to Longmont or, in the case of affordable housing or commercial building, a Lake McIntosh water share (currently around $10K each). These shares are NOT paid by taxpayers, but by developer/builder at time of permit application. Any of you in the newer developments, like LVP, no doubt paid for the CBT share in your purchase price.”
NOTE: This is a person’s opinion, based on his knowledge.
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