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City considering new water route

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ESSEXVILLE, MI (WNEM) -

It's a tale of two city managers in Essexville when it comes to the debate over how to get water to the city.

"That doesn't make any sense," said Bay City manager, Rick Finn.

Essexville manager Dan Hansford said spending $7 million to route water directly to Essexville is the way to go.

"The new system would be done under a newer method of piping. It's continuous, it's welded," Hansford said.

But Finns said that just doesn't make sense.

As it stands now, Essexville only pays Bay City between $30,000 and $40,000 a year for water distribution.

"Our water is fresh. It gets to their people. We've never heard any complaints. It's working just fine," Finn said.

How would the move be funded?

Voters are being asked to increase the millage rate by about 2.7 mills.

At the same time, another unrelated 8 mill assessment would expire.

So while Essexville is touting the situation as a tax reduction, whether you vote the proposition up or down, the 8 mill assessment will still go away.

"The 8 comes off anyhow. Exactly. I've had people come up to me and say well if we vote no the 8 comes off anyways and our taxes will go down even further and that's a true statement," Hansford said.

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