Barre now owes $170K on USDA loan to former fire district

BARRE TOWN, Vt. (AP) Barre Town is on the hook for about $170,000 of a U.S. Department of Agriculture loan to a fire district since absorbed by the town.

The Times Argus reports that the USDA has contacted Barre Town officials about a loan the Websterville Fire District received in the 1990s.

The Websterville district was absorbed into Barre Town last June after voters there and in Websterville approved it.

It was thought that absorbing the district and its water supply could offset the $100,000 the town spends on water from Barre City.

The town manager says the district never notified the USDA of the merger and the town is now responsible for the loan.

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