Town: Water rates to rise

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By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

Water rates in Greenville are expected to rise for the first time in about 16 years, according to Town Supervisor Paul Macko. Courtesy of Pexels

GREENVILLE — Water rates are expected to rise by the end of this year.

Town Supervisor Paul Macko said at the town council’s October meeting that rates haven’t gone up in many years.

“We haven’t had a water rate increase in the town of Greenville since 2006,” Macko said. “We are looking at 16, 17 years.”

The town was advised by the town’s bond counsel and auditor that the town’s reserve funds have gotten too low and that “we aren’t keeping up with the times as far as building reserve funds,” Macko said.

Those funds are tapped into when the town needs to replace equipment at the water filtration plant, but with insufficient funds set aside, making those repairs can be difficult.

“We depleted our reserves to a level that we haven’t been that low in many, many years,” Macko said. “The basic water rate is $56.20 a quarter and that is whether you use 1 gallon of water or 10,000 gallons. That number hasn’t changed in 16, 17 years.”

The amount of the increase was not known at press time, but Macko said he expected to unveil potential new water rates by the board’s November or December meeting.

The majority of water users in the water district use less than 10,000 gallons a quarter, he added.

“More than 60% of the customers are basic water users so that’s $56.20 a quarter,” Macko said. “If you use more than 10,000 gallons it is pro-rated by each thousand gallons that you go over.”

Once a new rate is proposed by the town, a public hearing will be held before the board votes on the proposal.

In other town news, it looks like the annual Old Timers’ Christmas Party hosted by the town at the high school will likely be canceled over continued concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

“At this juncture, I don’t think we are going to be doing the Old Timers’ Christmas Party this year at the school for the simple reason that I don’t want a ‘super-spreader’ event, and I don’t want to subject the school to having to clean the building afterwards,” Macko said.

The annual tradition, which invites area seniors to the school for a celebratory meal around Christmastime, has not been held since before the start of the coronavirus pandemic back in 2020.

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