Scott Administration Entered into Secret Contracts to Operate the Back River Sewer Plant with Private Consultants

During the last two years, the Scott administration paid – without public notice or Board of Estimates approval – roughly $13 million to private consultants to run the new Headworks facility at the Back River sewage plant in Dundalk.

Then last September, a second private company was hired to run the plant’s biosolids equipment for $50 million, with “costs not to exceed $100 million” over eight years.

These expenditures come at a time when the city is facing a projected $107 million budget deficit in FY 2025, and all three elected officials on the BOE are running for reelection.