The Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders is preparing to deal with the possibility of the debt owed to the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority falling on the county's shoulders. It all started back in January when Mountain Creek defaulted on a debt of $26 million that stemmed from a decade-old sewage agreement. Vernon Township then subsequently defaulted on a debt of $43 million in August.
Should an attorney's services be needed, the board unanimously voted to appoint the law firm of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi to represent the county. They also put a $25,000 cap on money spent toward the law firm's services in relation to the bankruptcy.
The outcome of this situation will not only affect Vernon residents. The burden could fall on the six other Sussex County municipalities that are serviced by SCUMA: Franklin, Hamburg, Hardyston, Sparta, Sussex Borough and Wantage.
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