JOHNSTOWN - The Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board on Wednesday adopted a $4.8 million sewage treatment plant budget for 2013 that reflects a roughly 5-percent increase from the current spending plan.
The board took action on the $4.76 million Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility budget following a presentation by facility consultant George Bevington and plant Fiscal Officer Donna Renda.
The budget is 4.7 percent higher than the current $4.55 million sewer plant budget. The largest increases in the budget are in administration, up by 13 percent, which includes spiraling retirement costs, and plant operations, up by 6.5 percent.
Sewer rates are set by the board annually in April. The operating budget approved Wednesday reflects about $1.6 million from each city in revenue for next year. But Bevington said that is merely a placeholder figure depending on how much actual commercial and residential waste comes in for pretreatment from each city.
The budget also includes $900,000 in revenue from trucked waste and $650,000 from reserves. The reserve funding will be used to pay for $500,000 worth of planned improvements and restoration to the main truck sewer line running from Gloversville to Johnstown, and a two-cubic yard loader.
Bevington said the main sewer line improvements will continue over the next few years.
"The trunk sewer is something you'll be investing another $1 million or $2 million with," he said.
Bevington told the board the reserves are a luxury the plant never had before it was set up a few years ago.
"You certainly are more diverse when your reserves are coming in and you're able to handle those big ticket items," he said.
Renda said the key element of the operation and maintenance part of the budget is that it funds a proposed $4.7 million capital plan, which includes eight projects, including the sewer trunk work and loader. The budget also funds 25 sewer plant positions.
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