Gateway seeks public improvement district

An aerial view shows the town of Gateway and Gateway Canyons Resort, where waterlines are necessary before new homes can be constructed.

Gateway came one step closer to treated water Monday when Mesa County commissioners approved a public improvement district and a local improvement district for the town.

Gateway residents drink well water, according to Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis. The districts will allow the town to tap into a water treatment facility, he said.

Water and sewer lines are necessary before construction of new homes can occur in the town, Meis said. Sewer access already exists in the town, he said.

Connie Hahn, assistant county public works director, said those within the district will vote on whether or not to accept a sales tax for capital projects related to water treatment.

County Administrator Jon Peacock said a sales tax of 0.5 percent should be enough to fund what’s needed.

The public improvement district also opens the door to adding other “urban” amenities in the future, Meis added, such as police, fire, road and bridge funding.


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