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The Dansville Online
  • No change yet for Dansville rates

  • Following a public hearing earlier this month, Dansville village trustees took no action on June 13 on a proposal to increase water and sewer rates for the village utility users.

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  • Following a public hearing earlier this month, Dansville village trustees took no action on June 13 on a proposal to increase water and sewer rates for the village utility users.
    Trustees have proposed in-village base rate for water set at $72 with $4 per thousand gallons in usage. Outside the village, the proposed rate is $88 on the base and $4.50 per thousand gallons used.
    On the sewer side, trustees proposed a base charge of $65 inside the village with $4.50 per thousand gallons used. Outside the village, the proposed sewer base rate is $80 plus $6 per thousand gallons used.
    Together, the rates amount up to an average 50 percent increase to most water and sewer users over current rates.
    Public comments at the June 6 hearing focused largely on the amount of the increase and a request that trustees bring rates up incrementally if necessary. However, some speakers said they were opposed to any rate increase.
    Mayor Peter Vogt allowed limited responses to some comments and questions, but most questions went unanswered at the meeting. He said the answers, once prepared by the board, will be available on the village's website and would be released to local media.
    At the June 12 board meeting, discussion continued about the rates, but the board continues to be divided as to how to proceed. The two most vocal elected officials, Trustees Don Sylor and Jay Griffith, agreed on one point: the rates must go up.
    Griffith supports a steep increase immediately with adjustments up or down as necessary to bring costs in line with revenues. The village has been running a deficit on its sewer facility for several years and reserves for the water plant have almost been exhausted while village officials did not raise rates.
    Sylor supports a more measured approach: a small increase immediately with incremental increases over coming months to bring rates up to the necessary levels.
     
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