$102.6 million in borrowing will be put to the voters in November for upgrades and improvements to the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Danbury has been mandated to preserve waterways and systems in order to comply with federal EPA and state DEEP requirements. The upgrades, improvements and renovations for the plant, which was last updated in 1993, are mandated for other similarly situated municipalities in the state.
In 2016, Danbury voters approved about $10 million for design expenditure borrowing. The project will be funded through the state Clean Water Fund program, with a combination of 2-percent loans and 20-percent covered by grants.
The proposed $102.6 million does need to go to a public hearing and a Committee of the Whole, acting as the Water Pollution Control Authority. The meeting must be held this month in order for the Council to approve wording at their September meeting. This will help the City to meet state deadlines for getting the question on the November ballot.
Neighboring municipalities that have a contract with Danbury will contribute to the cost of the upgrades, improvements and renovations.