Vernon to SCUMA: We Can't Pay Sewer Debt

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Last week, Vernon Mayor Harry Shortway wrote a letter to the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority informing them that the township is unable to pay its sewer debt service. SCMUA Administrator John Hatzelis said Vernon had a payment of roughly $411,000 due on August 15 and their next payment is due in November.

Not being able to make payments isn't just a problem for Vernon thought. It can affect all of Sussex County.

"The development, which follows Mountain Creek's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in May 2017, has the potential to set up a financial domino effect that could fall not only on the other six municipalities serviced by SCMUA's Upper Wallkill sewage treatment plant but also the entire county as a whole, which bears ultimate liability for the bonds that financed the plant's construction and subsequent expansion."

Franklin, Hamburg, Sparta, Sussex Borough, Hardyston, and Wantage are also serviced by the Wallkill treatment plant.

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