STILLMAN VALLEY (WIFR) -- A multimillion dollar construction project is underway in Stillman Valley and village leaders hope it will allow the community to grow.
A ground breaking ceremony was held Thursday for Stillman Valley's new water treatment plant. Two grants worth nearly $2 million will help pay for the $6 million dollar project. Village leaders say the rest will be through a nearly $5 million loan from the United States Department of Agricultural.
To pay back the loan the village says the new one percent sales tax is expected to bring in $40,000 a year.
Homeowners will likely see their water and sewer bills increase, but village leaders can't say how much just yet
Stillman Valley Village President Becky Waltrip says it will replace the old center which was built in the 1970's and has been falling apart over the past couple of years.
"For the last 15-20 years we've been keeping it together with more or less band-aids and praying everyday that nothing major happens," Waltrip said.