Rutland considers 150 year mortgage for water and sewer system

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Rutland officials are considering asking voters for a 150-year financial commitment to replace the city’s aging water and sewer infrastructure.

Mayor Christopher Louras estimates it will cost more than $100 million to replace the systems or face what he calls a “full system breakdown.”

Louras and Public Works Committee Chairman Roy Thomas hope to have a plan to present to city voters on Town Meeting Day in March.

Aldermen David Allaire says the city needs to do more homework before going to voters.

Louras says there’s no chance of federal funds. And the city can’t issue $100 million in bonds.

Louras said the most essential upgrades are needed along the 28 miles of cast-iron water pipes laid during the 19th century.

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