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Public hearing in Danbury on $102 million bond request

A Public Hearing is being held Monday night in Danbury about $102.6 million in borrowing being requested for improvements to the Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The hearing is from 7 to 8pm at Danbury City Hall, in Council Chambers, and will be followed by a Council meeting on the issue. 


Mayor Mark Boughton says the City's wastewater treatment program will be on the hook for about $58 million worth of work to the plant.  Some parts of the overall project will be eligible for reimbursement from the state.  Neighboring municipalities that have a contract with Danbury will contribute about 13-percent to the cost of the upgrades, improvements  and renovations.  


It's a two part project.  The plant was last renovated in 1993, and the upgrades are only effective for 20 to 25 years.  Danbury has also been mandated to preserve waterways and systems in order to comply with federal EPA and state DEEP requirements. 


$10 million was approved In 2016 by residents for design expenditures. The bond question will be put to voters in November.  The Council is expected to approve wording for the ballot question at their September meeting.  

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