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Middlebury Residents To Weigh In on Involvement with Health District

Signing on with Torrington Area Health District will save the town money, Chief Financial Officer Larry Hutvagner says.

 

Middlebury residents will have the chance to share their opinions on the town , at a 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3, public hearing at the .

The town budgeted $35,269 for the next fiscal year, toward the contract with the TAHD for health services, according to Middlebury's Chief Financial Officer Larry Hutvagner. He said the amount can change slightly, depending on the number of people per capita.

After the public hearing on the TAHD is closed, Hutvagner said the matter will come before residents for voting at referendum, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, May 22, at .

He said the property maintenance ordinance will be on the referendum ballot at the same time as the TAHD question.

"We've been using Torrington Area Health District for the past 10 months and they've been doing a great job," said Hutvagner.

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He said the Pomperaug Area Health District was more expensive than the TAHD, for similar services.

TAHD Services

  • Helping people receive health services
  • Food inspection program
  • Sewage disposal program
  • Private well water program
  • Childhood lead poisoning program
  • Public and private school inspection
  • Hair salon and barber shop inspection program
  • Infectious disease program

By opting into a health district as opposed to having its own health department, Hutvagner said the town saves money but did not have a figure at hand.

"We don't get a per capita rebate form the state if we have our own health district," he said.

Interested Citizen May 03, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Torrington has been doing a great job but please recognize that food service, salon, well and septic fees no longer are going to the town. In addition state funds will go directly to the Health District. The reality is that costs to the taxpayer are much higher than the CFO leads us to believe.
JD May 03, 2012 at 03:53 PM
The facts don't support the above comment. Look at the numbers. The TAHD provides trained public health professionals. Our town does not deserve less!

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