Per Connecticut state statutes, Water Pollution Control Authorities "acquire, construct and operate a sewerage system or systems." The Trumbull WPCA also believes that it has the authority to spend $10 million and unilaterally declare it won't pay, leaving the taxpayers to pick up the tab.
At the request of the WPCA, the Town Council authorized bonding $34 million for the North Nichols sewer project. It was represented that the town would pay 25% and the WPCA would assess properties being serviced to raise the rest. That has been the practice since the town began sewer development.