Budget Officer Andrew Stewart said the rates may go up slightly because the town is involved in a legal battle over assessments challenges on certain properties. That may be settled soon.
Water rates in the east-side district will go from $134.43 to $153.97 for the 158 equivalent-dwelling units, and rates for the 307 equivalent-dwelling units in the west-side district will go from $109.60 to $107.21.
Dave Farden does not tap into the town’s water system but still must pay a half-EDU fee because the water line runs past his property. He wanted to know if his bill will go down once the original 20-year debt to create and build the east-side district is paid off in six years.
Stewart explained there are monthly utility costs for electricity and a telephone line associated with the east side since it includes a pumping station, as well as annual maintenance and upkeep.
He said there is also the cost of having to re-levy unpaid water bills and keep a modest reserve account to pay for any equipment needs or upgrades to the system.
That account has around $12,000 in it now, and about $2,000 is added each year.
Malone Callfiremen asked for $440,000 in each year of a two-year fire-protection agreement, an increase of $13,000 a year.
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