Town sewer, water rates to rise

June 22, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer

An article in Wednesday's Carroll County section of The Sun incorrectly characterized Union Bridge water and sewer rates. A rate increase was introduced Monday; it will be voted on in the July 25 meeting. Also, the proposed fee for sewer use above 15,000 gallons per quarter was misstated. Under the proposed rate structure, the charge would be $1.95 for each 1,000 gallons of sewer use above 15,000 gallons.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Union Bridge residents will be paying more for water and sewer service beginning in October.

The Town Council voted Monday night to increase rates for both services as a way to make the systems self-sufficient, and to raise money for system maintenance and improvement.

"There's an awful lot we need to do for the water. We also need to build up a capital improvement fund and meet expenses," said Union Bridge Clerk-Treasurer Kathleen D. Kreimer.

FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION

Residents currently pay a $10 minimum for the first 5,000 gallons of water used and $1.50 for every 1,000 gallons they use above the minimum.

The sewer rate is $33 for 5,000 gallons, $1.50 per 1,000 gallons for the next 10,000 and $1.25 for any amount above the initial 15,000 gallons.

Beginning with the October billing cycle -- and appearing on the Dec. 31 bill -- the water rates will be $12.50 for first 5,000 gallons and $1.80 per 1,000 gallons above the minimum.

For sewer service, users will pay $34.50 for the first 5,000 gallons; then $1.75 per 1,000 gallons for the next 10,000; and $1.95 for any amount above 15,000 gallons.

"We decided it costs a lot to treat the sewage, so maybe this will help people conserve," Mrs. Kreimer said of the sewer rate increase.

In the past, the town has had to supplement the water and sewer accounts because the revenue the services generated did not cover the cost of system maintenance.

The rate increase will bring the town only about $10,000 in additional revenue, but that will help keep the water and sewer accounts balanced, Mrs. Kreimer said. And the town needs money for emergency expenses, which crop up in the systems from time to time.

"So much of the time, something major could happen and throw things out of whack," Mrs. Kreimer said. "One piece of equipment we're getting for the sewer plant now, the bar screen, costs about $14,000."

The increases should not be a burden to anyone, Mrs. Kreimer said.

"This is paid quarterly, so it's not even a dollar a month more," she said.

"This will hopefully help the people on the fixed incomes."

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