Langley to ask for levy to pay for water, sewer repairs

Langley city council will turn to voters in November for help paying for millions of dollars of “critical” water infrastructure improvements.

Council members unanimously passed an ordinance to include a proposition on the ballot asking to authorize the city to issue general obligation bonds for up to a total of $4 million. The city would levy excess property taxes to repay the bonds.

If passed, property owners would pay about 60 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. Someone with a $400,000 home would pay about $20 a month.

The Village by the Sea’s aging water and sewer lines are corroded, broken, undersized, sagging and inefficient, according to the ordinance.

The Langley Infrastructure Committee formed in early 2018 to look into addressing the city’s utility needs. The committee recommended upgrading, replacing and extending lines as well as improving storm and surface water capture and diversion facilities.

There are also plans to do street and sidewalk repairs and restoration at the same time.

In late May, Langley submitted a request for an additional $3 million from Island County to extend sewer connections to the city’s east side as part of the project.

The county hasn’t announced grant winners yet.