“The people hear the word ‘tax' and that's all they hear,” he said.
Threatt said he doesn't necessarily like bringing the issue to the public but sees no other way to fund projects such as upgrades to the city's sewer system.
“Many of our lines are just not up to code,” Threatt said.
Bourns said repairing one such line recently cost the city $27,000.
“That's a lot of money for us,” he said.
There is also $100,000 worth of work that needs to be done on the city's water tower.
“We've applied for a grant, but those are very competitive,” the mayor said.
The money would be used for capital improvements only and could not be used for employee salaries or to retire any existing debts.
“Any project would have to go through the legal bidding process,” Bourns said.
Bourns said more water and sewer lines may become necessary as he expects more people to move to Luther. Some residents might not embrace growth, he said.
“There are people hesitant to change,” he said.