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Infrastructure key to healthy communities

As they say in the lottery, you have to pay in order to play. This is also true when it comes to maintaining the infrastructure of a municipality. In order to make it attractive to potential businesses, investors and residents, you have to pay.

Recently, the town of Elizabethtown held a public forum on the creation of its sewer system. Supervisor Margaret “Maggie” Bartley has stated that she feels a municipal wastewater facility is needed in order to bring new businesses to the area, using the examples of a car wash or a laundry mat.

According to the information given at the meeting, a new sewer system would come with a price tag of around $364 annually for a typical one-family home located in the new district.

We believe that improving the infrastructure of a community is crucial in attracting business and residents, and we applaud voters of the proposed sewer district for having the forward thinking to approve this project when it went to vote in July 2010.

Elizabethtown is a town that many commute to for work at the county offices or school, and would be an ideal place for a car wash or laundry mat, along with an expanded offering of other services, like food and recreation.

It’s like the phrase from Field of Dreams, “If you build it, they will come.” And if they come, the $364 is going to go down as an increase of system users and an increase of tax base will lessen the burden on everyone.

We urge residents to approve easements on their properties to help make the $9.5 million system a reality.

Along with the development of infrastructure, there is also the price that comes to keep infrastructure maintained. You can either be proactive about it or wait to pay the piper.

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