Homeowners in a Trout Creek neighbourhood are considering whether they want to connect their homes to the municipality’s sewer system.
At present, the homes near the Summerland Motel, west of Highway 97, are on septic systems.
The cost of extending the sewer service to the 25 homes in the area is estimated at $700,000, or $28,000 for each lot.
If the project is approved, residents would have the option of paying in one lump sum or having an increase on their property taxes for the next 20 years.
The tax bill increase would be $1,606 a year.
Don Darling, director of works and utilities for the municipality, said a petition is being circulated in the area.
If more than 50 per cent of property owners agree to the work, the sewer extension will go ahead.
A recent public meeting on the sewer extension resulted in strong opinions from residents both for and against the project.
“From the outcome of the meeting, the vote may be close,” Darling said.
He added that the request to extend the sewer has come from some residents in the area.