Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton on Bond Proposal Opposition: ‘It’s Clearly Political’
Danbury City Council members are split along party lines over a bond proposal that was crafted to address school overcrowding and improvements for city roads/sidewalks.
The hold up of the $62 million proposal has Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton questioning the motives of the opposition. Here's what the Mayor had to say on this issue when he joined the Ethan and Lou Show this morning (Jan. 30):
The Danbury Democratic Town Committee addressed the matter on their website, posting a statement yesterday (Jan. 29) that reads in part:
At last night’s committee-of-the-whole meeting following a public hearing, City Council Democrats voted against sending the Administration’s $62 million bond proposal as written to the City Council in February. Citing lack of detail and transparency, Council Democrats were unanimous in their view that the bond package should not be put to voters before more details are disclosed to the public.
The bond proposal, which can be viewed here, itemizes only in broad strokes a breakout of seven city projects to fix Danbury’s roads, infrastructure, downtown, and schools — all of which are issues the Democrats raised during the 2019 election cycle.
You will see in a portion of the above statement that it reads, "The bond proposal, which can be viewed here, itemizes only in broad strokes a breakout of seven city projects to fix Danbury’s roads, infrastructure, downtown, and schools."
For what it's worth, there is no active link to the bond proposal in the Democratic Town Committee's statement. Typically, in a sentence like that, there would be a clickable link that would direct us to the proposal in question, there is not. If you are reading this by Friday afternoon or Saturday, there will likely be a link you can click, as sure as I'm sitting here, but it's not there now.
The Mayor did mention several times that he's optimistic that the upcoming discussions will yield a compromise that everyone can agree on and discussions will continue through the weekend. The Danbury Democratic Town Committee's statement on the matter does not refer to the weekend discussions the Mayor eluded to, instead saying:
The City Council is scheduled to take up the matter at its regular meeting on Tuesday, February 4th at 7:30 pm which is open to the public. A final decision must be made by late March of this year.
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