Clerk explains Orfordville sewer bill increase

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Gina Duwe
Thursday, March 27, 2014

ORFORDVILLE--Orfordville residents are beginning to see the impact of a decision last summer in their sewer bills.

Residents continue to pay the same minimum sewer fee of $35.88 a quarter, but it no longer includes 3,000 gallons. On top of the $35.88 per quarter, sewer usage is billed at $5.98 per 1,000 gallons.

The result is an increase of about $18 per quarter.

Postcards from the second billing cycle under the new sewer rate plan recently went out, village clerk Sherri Waege said.

The rate increases were needed for operating expenses at the aging sewage treatment plant and for facility upgrades the village faces, she said.

The village has not raised water rates since 1996, but it did incrementally make changes to the sewer rates that have resulted in a $36 quarterly increase since 2011, she said.

The minimum fee used to include 6,000 gallons of sewage, and the village was one of the last municipalities to still include gallons in the minimum fee, Waege said. The change was done in two phases so it wasn't as drastic for residents, she said.

In 2010, the village cut the 6,000 gallons to 3,000 gallons, effective in 2011.

Last summer, the village board voted to cut the 3,000 gallons from the minimum charge. No one attended the public hearing, she said.

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