WNY wrote:just becuase they never increased it for quite a few years, the previous Councils probably didn't know what the Exact Costs/expenses were (Total B.S.!)
The city's and villiages should do small increases to offset costs (1-2%/year), instead of a 20-30%+ or more increase every 5 years or if something comes up, like a new water/sewer plant and then miss deadlines for grants, etc...it comes down the to taxpayers....geesh.
Where I work the town has fought for years not to tax commercial businesses and the state finally won. We went from no sewer fee to about $1800 a year. The fee is determined by a set rate per thousand gallons discharged. Thats the fee to the town to offset the cost of the towns POTW. A 5 year state permit to discharge costs about $20,000 (permit + hoops of other nonsense) and the Engineering firm's application will run well over $30,000 next time around (this usually is one licensed firm reviewing and rewriting the last firms application and putting it in a different colored binder).
It actually took 7 years longer than our permits expiration date by the time the state renewed our permit, saved us a fortune there. Thanks guys.