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Taxpayers may pay water authority debt

The Lamar County water authority will ask county commissioners to cover all $470,478 of next year’s debt payments ‘“ and possibly beyond This would represent part of the costs of putting county-required fire hydrants along water lines, about $660.78 each for the 712 hydrants that already exist or will be put in along Shadybrook and Ponderosa lanes and Midway Road. This leaves the door open for future requests, since it costs $2,500 to $3,000 to set a hydrant. The move came in the wake of a meeting 18 months ago with the authority’s main debt holder, the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority, with which the commission signed off on three loans. In effect, GEFA told the authority the money must be repaid or it could take over the water system.

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