Next, bids would be sent out; if the bids are too high, the project must start over — i.e., we could re-bid or reconsider the scope of the project — or it could be abandoned. If a bid was accepted, the town would secure financing through serial bonds (approving this by a two-thirds vote). A permissive referendum (initiated by the members of the public) could be used to stop the project at this time. Otherwise, construction would finally commence.
As the town board has reiterated at each public information session, residents of the proposed district hold the sole responsibility for making this decision. Our objective is to provide information regarding costs and benefits so that the decisions can be made based on factual information.
While the town board members have concluded that extending sewer and water lines is an environmentally responsible measure, the decision rests with the homeowners.
Kristi Andersen is a member of the Cazenovia Town Board. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.