According to news partner 13WHAM, water rates will increase by 15 percent and sewage rates will increase by 30 percent due to the Village’s need to pay for repairs in the town’s water and sewage systems, including $13 million towards a recently completed $40 million wastewater treatment plant.
“Contracts have gone over deadlines, and other issues have caused us to be essentially out of money at this point,” Bill Davis with MRB told the Village Board in June.
The project is currently seeking grants after a potential grant from the DEC fell through due to a change in disinfection requirements.
Davis added at the time that the project needs to go into long-term financing. There are a few grants available that could help the project meet disinfection requirements.
Usage rates will also be increasing.
Mayor Peter Vogt told 13WHAM that the increases are years in the making and that “the Board will try their hardest to put things on the right track.”