GLOVERSVILLE - The Common Council on Tuesday approved the increase of a sewer maintenance fee from 50 cents to 70 cents per 100 cubic feet of flow.
The city finance commissioner's office recommended the increase to make sure the city has sufficient funds to maintain the city's aging sewer infrastructure.
The money generated from this 40 percent increase will support the city's responsibility to operate the system, city Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones said. It will go toward repairing manholes and fixing and unclogging pipes under city streets, and it will allow for a financial reserve in case of an emergency.
"We draw money out of that fee for our operating budget, and we need reserve to pay for potential maintenance," Jones said. "The majority of the city residents will only see a minimal increase."
He said the typical family household of three, with appliances such as a dishwasher and clothes washer, will see an increase of approximately $6 per month.
This rate will be effective during the November billing cycle, city officials said.
The cities of Johnstown and Gloversville jointly own and operate their wastewater treatment facility, but the two cities are responsible for the upkeep of their own pipes and other infrastructure.
Johnstown residents pay a sewer maintenance fee of 25 cents per cubic feet of flow. City Treasurer Michael Gifford said Johnstown's rate has not changed in more than 10 years.
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