Costs for Sewer Construction in Glenwood Springs, Colorado

B-22714: Mar 19, 1942

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The opinion of the Comptroller General is requested by the Department of Agriculture as to whether a claim by the city of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, for $457.16, as the pro rata share of the costs of sewer construction charged the Government as owner of property in that city is valid.

Given that one building referred to in the Department letter had been connected with the sewer, it is now understood that while but one connection with the sewer was made that connection was, however, made for the use and benefit of and serves buildings on both of the two lots on which buildings have been constructed. Accordingly, and since it appears that the buildings were constructed in part under the appropriation "Salaries and Expenses, Forest Service" and that the sewer connection was made in March 1940, the claim now will be allowed in the amount of one half of $457.16, that is in the amount of $228.58. The balance of the claim, that is to say, the remaining one-half thereof charged against the pother two lots on which the Department states a dwelling and garage now are under construction is not for allowance at this time, since the present record indicates they have not been connected with the sewer. However, is and when the buildings under construction on those two lots shall have been connected with the sewer, this office will not be required to object to the payment of the remaining one-half the amount claimed.