6/12/2014 - A bill passed by Senator Danté Bartolomeo was signed today, allowing Cheshire taxpayers to recoup over a million in unpaid state compensation. Cheshire hosts the second largest prison complex in the State of Connecticut, and a mechanical error prevented the town from being properly compensated for the prison’s burden on the local wastewater treatment system. Senator Danté Bartolomeo fought to pass a bill that would fix this error, and today it was signed into law by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.
“For years, Cheshire has had to pay for the 100,000 gallons of excess wastewater generated by the prisons each day and has been unable to seek compensation,” said Senator Danté Bartolomeo. “This issue is a matter of fairness. Before last year Cheshire was the only community in Connecticut that had not been able to renegotiate with the state as facilities like the prisons aged and conditions changed over time. I worked to change that, and this new law takes the next logical step by allowing the town to pursue the funds that are owed to it.”
At a public hearing on this issue during the 2014 legislative session, Cheshire Town Manager Michael A. Milone testified that, “Cheshire taxpayers have subsidized the waste water services provided to the Prison complex for these eight years in question. We feel this is an egregious inequity and we simply want the authority to make a claim for this past due amount and to be allowed to bring our case before the Claims Commissioner.”