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Sewer rates rising by at least $2 per quarter in Boonsboro

June 03, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

BOONSBORO - Sewer bills for Boonsboro residents will increase by at least $2 per quarter next fiscal year under the town's new sewer budget, which Boonsboro Town Council members unanimously approved Monday night.

The town's heavier water users will see an even greater increase under the new rates. Residents currently pay $46 for the first 16,000 gallons each quarter and $1.40 per 1,000 gallons after that. The new rates will be $48 for the first 10,000 gallons and $2.25 per 1,000 gallons after that.

About 40 percent of the town's sewer customers use less than 10,000 gallons per quarter, Town Manager Debra Smith said. The changes were designed to minimize impact on those customers and place the bulk of the burden on heavier users, including commercial customers.

The changes were necessary to make up for a $64,000 deficit in the sewer budget created by the rising costs of chemicals and biosolids removal, Smith said. The rate increase would have been even more drastic if the town had not transferred $71,000 to the operating budget from the sewer-user fees paid by developers for new connections, she said.

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The changes take effect July 1, but the higher rates will not appear on bills until October, officials said.

The town's general fund and water fund budgets for fiscal year 2009 also were unanimously approved Monday.

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