On Nov. 8, Ketchum voters will decide if they want to fund wastewater plant upgrades to the facility the city shares with the Sun Valley Water and Sewer District, upgrades that could cost a combined $37 million.

The ballot will ask voters whether they want to approve issuing up to $14 million in revenue bonds. Based on a market interest rate of 4.16%, the city estimates it would pay about $10.8 million in interest in addition to the principal amount of $14 million.

“I could see a perception [within the community] that this is being done to handle future growth,” City Administrator Jade Riley said. “And the reality is, the majority of these improvements are age-related. We’ve got stuff that is 40 or 50 years old, and this is an opportunity to make an old asset more efficient.”

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