There has been a significant amount of misinformation about the Ballston Lake Improvement Association (BLIA) on social media platforms recently. I thought I would update everyone on some facts:
This referendum is for the purpose of endorsing the Town Board's unanimous decision to accept an additional $5 million state grant.
The referendum will be August 17th and will be conducted for both Ballston and Clifton Park residents within the sewer district. Both towns must pass by a majority vote.
Ballston Lake currently has high levels of phosphorous. Streams leading from Buell Heights area have high levels of both E. coli and fecal coliform. These issues will be improved with a sewer, similar to improvements experienced by Saratoga Lake when they installed a sewer 40 years ago.
The need for this sewer has been endorsed by the Town's Public Health Officer.
This referendum will not increase the cost to homeowners. As a fact, the annual cost to homeowners will be lower than approved in the original 2015 referendum.
The town sewer law has exemptions for homeowners with financial and installation hardships to allow deferment of connecting.
This sewer design does not provide capacity for expansion outside of the current sewer district. Per good engineering practices, it has the capacity for some development of existing lots within the district. Each additional new residence within the district will share the debt and lower the cost for all.
If approved, construction will begin this year.
If not approved, each household in the sewer district will be required to pay back the costs of the engineering work completed to date ($78,000). This was funded by grants that were conditional on the project being completed. This will cost each homeowner approximately $1,350. If not approved, the lake will retain its "impaired" status and the towns will be accountable to remedy the situation. This may result in mandated septic inspection and if failure, repair of replacement of your septic system.
We want Ballston Lake Sewer District Property Owners to know that you do NOT have to bring a copy of your recorded deed UNLESS changes to your deed have occurred within the last 4 months. Each property has been researched and ELIGIBLE VOTERS WILL NOT BE TURNED AWAY.