City Council members from Columbus last week traveled to Washington, D.C., to seek federal assistance on the city’s $2.5 billion, 40-year plan to update its sewer system to meet environmental mandates. 

The triple-A rated city in January issued $440 million of revenue bonds that marked the first financing of the compliance plan. The sewer system improvements are based on consent decrees that the city signed with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency in 2002 and 2004. In meeting with federal legislators, City Council members said that the consent decrees amounted to an “unfunded mandate” for Columbus.

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