The Dansville village mayor Pete Vogt and the Board of Trustees met a packed auditorium inside the Town Hall last night to listen to residents criticism for a proposed increase in the water and sewage rates.
The proposal calls for a 22% jump in the quarterly base charge from $72 to $88 for water. The usage rate would increase from $3.00 to $3.50 per 1,000 gallons and sewage rates would increase from $65 in the quarterly base charge to $90, an incease of nearly 40 percent. Usage rates would also rise from $3.00 to $3.50 per 1,000 gallons.
A consultant’s study shows a drop in funding and increase in costs to fix water leaks caused by faulty equipment. Although the village does not know where the leaks are coming from, but the mayor said in order to find and fix the problems, it is going to take a great amount of funding and the board has an obligation to take care of the fiscal stability of the village. A board decision has not yet been made to actually make a rate increase. A special meeting is scheduled for next week where the board could vote. If passed, people would see the increase in their bills by the end of September.
A special workshop has been scheduled for the board to meet today to look at where additional cuts in the budget could be made in order to lower or get rid of a water and sewer rate increase. The board also agreed last night that no more hiring without the department heads coming to the board first and without the trustees reviewing the applications, a procedure that was done away with a few years ago.