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Tuesday, September 18 Local

New Milford approves full payment to lake authority

Despite allocating less money this spring than requested by the Candlewood Lake Authority, New Milford will end up fully funding its portion of the authority budget.

The Town Council reduced the authority’s request by about $7,800 earlier this year at the request of Councilman Paul Szymanski when it was trying to reduce the town’s overall budget.

As of last month’s lake authority meeting, New Milford had paid $70,000, leaving $9,900 outstanding. But the council voted to pay the remainder of that balance at Monday’s council meeting.

The Candlewood Lake Authority’s budget is split equally between the five towns that surround the lake: New Milford, Danbury, New Fairfield, Brookfield and Sherman. The authority sets the budget and requests the same amount from each town, but this amount can change if three or more towns reduce their contribution.

The authority’s total budget is $527,500, which is $5,400 more than last year.

Earlier this year, New Milford and Sherman set an amount that was less than the full $79,900. But because the other three towns approved the full amount, New Milford and Sherman must pay that figure.

Sherman had decided to maintain last year’s $77,800 contribution, but has since paid the whole amount the authority requested.

New Fairfield and Brookfield have paid the full amount and Danbury paid its first installment, according to lake authority meeting minutes.

Katrina Koerting|Reporter

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