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Voters to decide on creation of water district north of Lander

Sep 25, 2015 By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

A mailed-ballot election is set for Nov. 3 on the formation of the Lucky 13 water district. The district would comprise about 10 homes in a subdivision of the same name a quarter mile north of Lander.

Fremont County Commissioners approved the election at their meeting Aug. 18 at the Fremont County Courthouse in Lander.

The decision came after a public hearing that day on the issue and after a 30-day comment period. No one had submitted a comment in writing, Fremont County chief deputy clerk Margie Irvine said. No one spoke up at the meeting either.

"They have met all the criteria for an election, and there's no protest that would make it that you have to determine if you want to have an election," Fremont County Clerk Julie Freese said, referring to proponents of the district.

Supporters have said forming a district would help them secure a grant or loan to replace an inadequate water well. The district would have the ability to levy a property tax, but proponents said they hope not to do so.

There are about 10 households in the subdivision, a couple of people who own undeveloped land and one person who has a shop on a lot there. The water district would be limited to those properties, supporters say.

An election by mail would be cheaper than setting up a polling station for voting in person, Freese said, and the proponents of the election would pay for it. The election also would be for an initial board of directors for the district, if it is created.

Candidates were submitted previously with a petition for the district, which started the process to form it. There also will be space for write-in candidates, Freese said.

Notices about the election are to be published in local newspapers and e-mailed to people who have been involved in the process of forming it, clerk's office staff said.

Commissioners unanimously voted to hold the election for formation of the district and its first board of directors.

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