Mossville Water District gets unfavorable audit - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Mossville Water District gets unfavorable audit

Another local agency gets a bad financial audit.  But this time it's different.  The Mossville Water District's unfavorable audit isn't really raising eyebrows because it appears soon, the district will no longer exist.

It's no surprise the Mossville District (District 2 of Ward 4)  is having financial difficulties, since many of its customers have been bought out by Sasol and moved to other areas.

An audit made public Monday, shows the district has had financial losses for the last five years and has not been making its loan payments.

But as part of a development agreement with Calcasieu Parish,  Sasol is paying off the district's debt and providing for other improvements as company spokesman Mike Hayes explained during the zoning process last month.

"We're putting up $500,000 in match money so that a state grant can be acquired to allow the parish and the city of Westlake and the parish to replace some substandard main lines in Mossville and we're offering to work with the City of Westlake on transitioning from the Mossville Water District to the Westlake Water District,"said Hayes in May.

Calcasieu Public Works Director Allen Wainwright says the Mossville district will likely be dissolved.

"As the customer base continues to shrink, it's a process, the people who move out don't necessarily move out all at once or overnight, so it's a process.  So, for the next couple months as things fall in place, some of the other variables that need to take place happen, the district will ultimately be closed," said Wainwright.
While all the formalities are not yet worked out, he says Mossville's assets will likely, eventually be transferred to Westlake, and that the end result is expected to be positive for residents there.

To read the audit click here.  

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