Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton has delivered his State of the City Address. In it, he announced the Danbury is financially in good shape. Over the last 18 months, more than 1,700 new businesses have been registered in the City. Major crime in Danbury is down 20-percent year over year.
He says a new $63 million dollar bond package will be presented to the City Council next month, called SNAPP. It stands for Schools, Neighborhoods, Parks and Planning.
Boughton plans to expand capacity at some elementary schools, and request $18 million for paving and drainage work. He also wants $7 million to expand parks and improve facilities in the parks. Energy efficiency projects at the schools and other city buildings are also being proposed.
Boughton says much of the bonding would be reimbursable by the State of Connecticut.
$21 million would go to build classrooms at the Osborne Street facility as an interim step while the 2020 task force continues its work. Another request, likely in November, will address long term resolutions to the space challenges at the schools.