City Council still frustrated with $70 million bond proposal

Terre Haute city council members still have big concerns over an even bigger dollar amount.

Posted: Nov 2, 2017 10:29 PM
Updated: Nov 2, 2017 10:54 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Terre Haute city council members still have big concerns over an even bigger dollar amount.

The $70 million dollar sewer bond issue was first on the agenda for the Sunshine meeting Thursday night. While several other things were on the list to discuss, the council spent two hours talking about the ordinance.

Councilmembers are weighing their options. Council approval is needed to pass the ordinance funding a large portion of the city's phase 2 of the pollution control plan, but members say they are not ready to vote.

Council President Karrum Nasser raised questions about wants versus needs. He says he wants to be sure the taxpayers are spared unnecessary expenses. While the overall project is required, he thinks there are some redundancies in the city's plan that could be removed and lower costs.

The council also has the power to add conditions before approving the ordinance.

City engineers say they the $70 million amount is just an estimate and they think the project will be less than that but they don't want to come back and ask for more money later.

No decisions were made and Nasser says they will continue to discuss the options in the coming weeks.

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