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Binghamton Council Members Express Frustration With Delay Of Joint Sewage Treatment Plant Plan

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

Council Members Dan Livingston and Conrad Taylor are demanding Binghamton City Mayor Rich David to share updates and information about the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment Plant Plan regarding its potential privatization.

The key information they want to be released to the public within the next 48 hours is:

  • The firm recommended by the selection committee
  • Duration, cost, and key terms of the recommended proposal
  • The Mayor's timeline for bringing the issue to City Council for a vote

According to Taylor, the bids for the plant were placed in July and were supposed to be made public for City Council to vote on at the beginning of September.

"It's clear that the Republicans are pushing this privatization agreement until after election day because they're scared and they know that the taxpayers and ratepayers aren't going to like it," said Taylor.

Livingston and Taylor are concerned that the withholding of information could mean that the plant could lose local jobs or that tax rates may change in the future. 

"The point is, we don't know," said Taylor. 

"The whole budget for the City of Binghamton is around 90 million dollars every year. This contract for privatization could be upwards of a hundred million dollars" said Livingston. 

Fox 40 reached out to Mayor David by phone and email but got no response.