No doubt that $13 million is a lot of money. That’s the anticipated cost of expanding Seymour’s sewage collection system to expand capacity on the city’s south side and in the Eastside Industrial Park.
Mayor Craig Luedeman said the work is essential to the city’s residential, commercial and industrial growth. He is correct, and Seymour residents should get behind the project and urge its approval by Seymour Common Council.
Yes, $13 million is a huge investment of city tax dollars, or user fees if you’d prefer, but the mayor said that existing sewer rates should be able to finance the bonds the city would sell to fund the project. The rates were last increased in the late 1990s to fund the so-called Third Street Sewer Project, which wrapped up this past fall.
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