Village Sewer Fee Increase

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The agenda for tomorrow’s Village Board meeting (June 23) has this as its last current action agenda item:

  • Approval of an Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 221 (as amended) relating to the regulation and operation of the sanitary sewer system for the purpose of modifying rates charged for the use of the system.

Translated, this is the passage of the annual sewer rate ordinance.  The history of the sewer rate reductions or increases for an average sewer bill for the last five years is as follows:

2006 -$0.12 -0.3%
2007 -$0.02 -0.1%
2008 $1.43 4.0%
2009 $3.32 9.0%
2010 $2.55 6.3%

(During 2006 and 2007, residential growth increased revenue enough to cover increasing costs without increasing rates). 

It has been rumored that the Village Board is planning to pass an increase tomorrow night of $7.25 per month for an average user, which is 16.9% above last year’s average user rate.

If passed, this will be the highest sewer rate increase in decades.  If you have concerns about this, please consider attending the Village Board meeting, which begins at 6:00 pm tomorrow (Thursday) at the Village Hall, 216 Holland Road. 

Terry

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