TEA, S.D. (AP) — Members of the Lewis & Clark Rural Water System board have voted down a proposal to borrow $16 million to finish the pipeline to Luverne, Minn.
KELO television reports (http://bit.ly/18grDW8 ) that Thursday's vote was 5 in favor of the loan, 15 against.
The Sioux Falls representative on the board says he voted against the loan in part because it would raise rates for Sioux Falls customers.
The water system was supposed to be distributing potable Missouri River water to 300,000 people in 20 member communities in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa by 2005, but reductions in federal funding have slowed the project.
Nine of the 20 members still are without service, even though all members and the three states have prepaid their share of the cost.
Information from: KELO-TV, http://www.keloland.com