GENESEO— Following a judge’s order, the Village of Geneseo Board of Trustees proposes charging private residents based on their sewer usage instead of the traditional fixed rate.
Under the existing Sewer Rents policy, any private single-family residence where sewer facilities are available pays $240 quarterly. Commercial, business or industrial properties pay an annual sewer rent as set by the Village Board and an additional charge for each 12,000 gallons of water consumed in each separate unit of occupancy.
The proposed revision treats primary residents and commercial users the same way. Businesses, industrial users, residences and commercial properties would be charged an annual sewer rents of $240, payable quarterly, for each separate unit of occupancy for each 2,000 cubic feet (15,000 gallons of water) during the quarter.
According to Mayor Richard Hatheway, 25 percent of houses use over 12,000 gallons of water per quarter and 15 percent use over 15,000 gallons per quarter.
Hatheway said that landlord Rocco Dragani took the Village to court because residences and businesses were being charged for sewer rents differently. The case was a civil matter that was handled in Livingston County Court by Judge Dennis Cohen.
The Village Board is set to vote on the proposed revision on Oct. 2.