Water system not ready for growth
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I agree with recent comments here by John Mayo who wisely argued for controlling growth (“Don’t overflow Granville; we’re at capacity,” Feb. 25) and maintaining the beautiful small-town, rural, agricultural setting (“Hawaii lost its charm; Granville should take note,” Jan. 29).
Growth as a great positive is an old myth. Granville County and South Granville Water and Sewer Authority have fallen for it, and they are probably being pressured by developers. And our elected officials are not being democratic about moving forward without our opinions on this.
Growth for the sake of growth produces rising taxes and a decline in the quality of life. Politicians look for new tax revenue but thousands of new home causes high tax rates; you need new schools, teachers, paid fire departments, enlarged police department, new roads and on and on. This also causes crowding, pollution, and more crime.
Extensive studies look at the cost of community services including the tax revenues generated by different land uses and the costs to local government of providing services to those same uses. Keeping land in agriculture or as open space versus developing land for homes is far cheaper in community costs and thus maintains lower taxes and the country-rural atmosphere.
SGWASA appears to be floundering and in over its head in debt, plant deterioration and old infrastructure. In a recent talk I had with the executive director of SGWASA, he admitted these problems and added other ones; inadequate money, staff, and resources in general. New and efficient technology is lacking, records of repairs and pipe maps are missing or inadequate. Maintenance of equipment is in a similar state; no records and not done.
Recent reports show a massive 850-acre housing development in Butner and another showing 13,000-acres that are targeted for development in Creedmoor. Obviously, large-scale growth plans! See the maps at https://granvillespeaks.wixsite.com/granvillespeaks.
SGWASA is starting to plan for growth with a $50 million plan! This is the last thing SGWASA should be contemplating. Real estate agents, builders, contractors, promote this growth. SGWASA rate hikes and general tax hikes will occur including all the negatives described above.
Rapid population growth strains political institutions and increases pressure on services. Leaving growth of cities and counties to the open market philosophy is absurd and primitive; it leaves out human values, environmental quality, and democracy. Is lower quality of life coming?
Contact your local representatives if you do not want to see the massive problems of growth arrive in your community. Their contact info is at the link above.
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