The Oconee County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to review Georgia Environmental Finance Authority loan documents on Tuesday night as the first step toward approval of an additional $20 million of indebtedness for the Hard Labor Creek Regional Reservoir in Walton County.
It will be the first opportunity for citizens of the county to comment on the loan, and the first real chance for them to review the decision of the Hard Labor Creek Regional Reservoir Management Board to seek state funding to continue work on the project.
Without that state funding, the Management Board will run out of money before it can build the reservoir itself. Even with the state funding, the Management Board lacks money to build a water treatment plant or distribution lines to get the water to customers in Walton and Oconee counties.
Oconee County will assume responsibility for 28.8 percent of the $20 million, or $5.8 million.
For details of the procedures to be followed by the county as it considers the loan as well as of the loan itself, go to Oconee County Observations.