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Examiner
  • Voters to decide water district issue

  • The city of Blue Springs is looking for a way to solidify its water sources. To do that, it is going to Blue Springs residents with a simple “yes” or “no” question.

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  • The city of Blue Springs is looking for a way to solidify its water sources. To do that, it is going to Blue Springs residents with a simple “yes” or “no” question.
    The issue on Tuesday's ballot asks if the city can enter into a water purchase contract with the Tri-County Water Authority. It would allow the city to purchase water and water services directly from Tri-County rather than using the city of Grain Valley as a go-between.
    “This helps us to control our costs,” said Chris Sandie, public works director for the city of Blue Springs. “It also puts us in a better position to grow in the future.”
    Blue Springs now purchases most of its water from Independence and Kansas City, but it also purchases a small amount from Tri-County. In 2005, the city entered into an agreement with Grain Valley to purchase water. Grain Valley then purchases it from Tri-County. The agreement, however, does not allow Blue Springs to vote on any issues or have a position on the board.
    If the question is approved, Blue Springs will be able to hold a voting position on the Tri-County Water Authority board. This would guarantee input on water issues in the future.
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