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Austin Auditor Reports on WTP 4 Stoppage Cost

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The Austin City Auditor reported on how it viewed projected costs to stop building Water Treatment Plant 4

The city of Austin received an estimate of the costs of halting construction of Austin’s Water Treatment plant four last month. Today, the City Auditor's office presented its impression of those numbers.

Council Member Bill  Spelman questioned Russell Needler with the Auditor's office.

"And it’s my understanding that in all cases you found that the costs developed in the report were necessary all those things that they’re talking about having to happen would in fact have to happen. Is that accurate?" Spelman asked

Needler responded, "Yes.”

The auditor's office said that there were certain engineering costs they weren’t qualified to review. Previous estimates put the cost of stopping construction on Water Treatment Plant 4 between $138 million to $206 million dollars, depending on whether the project was postponed for five or ten years.

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