Friends Of Harrison P.A.C. Posted March 25, 2006 Report Share Posted March 25, 2006 39 percent water-rate hike on tap in Harrison Thursday, March 23, 2006 By ROSE DUGER JOURNAL CORRESPONDENT HARRISON - Residents and businesses may end up paying more than a third extra money for their water, thanks to an ordinance recently introduced by the governing body that proposes a water-rate hike. The ordinance, which will have a public hearing next month, proposes a 39 percent increase in water rates - rising from $19 per 1,000 cubic feet of water to $26.50 - along with a 13 percent hike in sewer rates. Local officials pointed to correlating rate increases the Passaic Valley Water Commission and Passaic Valley Sewer Commission recently passed on to the town as the main reason for the increases. "We're not making any money on this," said Mayor Raymond J. McDonough. "We're just passing on increases we can't absorb." Over the past 14 months the Passaic Valley Water Commission phased in a three-part rate increase in Harrison, according to Paul Zarbetski, who serves as Harrison's town clerk and municipal attorney. The rates the Passaic Valley Water Commission charges Harrison rose 4 percent in January 2005, 10 percent in August and 22 percent two months ago. The town didn't pass on the first two increases to customers, Zarbetski said. Two years ago, Harrison officials approved water and sewer rate raises of 12 percent and 9 percent, respectively, in a two-part rate hike for 2005 and 2006. Officials at the time also chalked up the increases to higher costs charged by the Passaic Valley Water and Sewerage commissions. The second part of that rate hike only went into effect in January, bringing water rates to $19 per 1,000 cubic feet of water and the wastewater charge to $26.50 per 1,000 cubic feet. The rates proposed in the ordinance introduced two weeks ago call for the water rate to rise to $26.50 per 1,000 cubic feet and the wastewater charge to be set at $30 per 1,000 cubic feet. The ordinance also calls for increases in fees for services including unmetered water, fire services, final meter reads and the installation of new water meters. Attend the Town meeting at 6:45, not to be late, 2nd floor. VOICE YOUR OPINION!! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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