A number of options exist for how the city could spend the nearly $40 million in expected recovery from an out-of-court settlement and sold assets of Rita Crundwell's estate. The city, however, faces a sizable debt and overdue maintenance projects, restricting some of those options, said Finance Director Paula Meyer at Tuesday's town hall meeting. The meeting brought out about 150 residents, filling about three-fourths of the auditorium at Loveland Community House, to give their input on how the money should be spent, suggesting everything from paying off the city's debts, to tax abatements and recreational projects. Paying off debts for sewer projects to in turn lower sewer rates was a common request of residents who spoke Thursday. It even drew applause and an "amen" from an audience member the first time it was mentioned.

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