Plan would more than double town sewer rate

June 15, 2004|By PEPPER BALLARD

FUNKSTOWN - The Funkstown mayor and Town Council will hold a public hearing Monday, June 28, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall to hear from residents about a plan to more than double the sewer rate.

After the hearing, the council is to vote on the budget.

Town Clerk Brenda Haynes said sewer charges are now 75 percent of the water charges, but are proposed to increase to 160 percent of the water charges.

Haynes has said a quarterly utility bill - based on the use of 11,000 gallons of water - now includes $38.74 in sewer charges. With the increase, the same amount of water usage would cost residents $100.70 in sewer charges, she said.

The rate increase is based on the assumption the town would receive an $800,000 Community Development Block Grant for which the town has applied, she said.


Haynes said the council will vote on the budget following the public hearing.

Within the budget, the council also will decide whether to increase sewer connection fees from $500 to $3,000 for an in-town connection, she said. The council also will decide whether to raise the cost of an out-of-town connection from $1,000 to $4,500.

Haynes said a sewer connection increase would not affect current residents, but would affect anyone building a new home or business in or immediately around the town.

After discussion at Monday's meeting, council members took an informal vote on increasing the connection fees and a majority of members said they would approve it.

Haynes read the connection fees that other towns charge, which were all at least in the $3,000 range.

Council Member Kim Ramer said he thought the increase looked a little high, but the numbers looked comparable to those of other towns.

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