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Candlewood Lake Authority considers rule changes over outstanding municipal contributions

Some rule changes could be coming to the Candlewood Lake Authority asking that member towns pay their contributions to the budget by a certain date.  This proposal comes as New Fairfield has an outstanding balance.  In order to preserve services and programs, the CLA will ask Danbury for an advance of their quarterly dues if New Fairfield doesn't pay their share. 


The Newstimes reports that the amendment, which could be voted on next month, would stop delegates from towns in bad standing from participating in the meetings.  The published report quoted New Fairfield delegate John Hodge in saying that it would be illegal to restrict members from speaking at public meetings.


New Fairfield officials say the town has made monthly payments and intends to pay the full amount, but that they want more information on budget discrepancies and about contributions to the educational fund. 


In the past couple of years, New Fairfield officials have called for changes and transparency from the CLA in their budgeting because of alleged mismanagement.  Donations are now separated from other revenue.

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