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Rutland voters to weigh in on water filtration

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RUTLAND, Vt. -

Rutland is going ahead with plans for water treatment, but not everyone is on the same page.

The board of aldermen voted Monday to put a bond on the November ballot to approve an estimated $7.5 million filtration system-- the far more expensive alternative to adding the chemical chloramine to the water. But their choice does not have the mayor's approval.

"You know, I think there's still a big difference on the board from people's perspective of exactly how to move forward. It got to the point after another couple hours debate at the last meeting that we needed to take some action and move the issue forward," said Dave Allaire, a Rutland City alderman.

"It could potentially be a death knell for other, more critical, if not mandated projects that the city's going to want to do in the future," Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras said.

If voters approve the multimillion dollar filtration system, estimates show water rates could go up by more than 40 percent.

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