Holley will raise sewer rates

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 January 2014 at 12:00 am

HOLLEY – Village residents and businesses will soon see their sewer rates go up so the village can close a deficit in the sewer budget.

The average resident will see their sewer bills increase about $7 to $9 a month, while commercial accounts go up about $9 to $12 a month, said Brian Sorochty, a village trustee.

Holley is still crunching the numbers for the rate increase. The final numbers will be presented during a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 at the Village Office, 72 Public Square.

The village is trying to close a $23,000 deficit in the sewer budget and also build a $20,000 fund for operations and contingency. The sewer budget totals $154,941 in 2013-14.

“We have no choice but to raise them,” Mayor John Kenney said about the rates.

Holley’s sewer rates currently are low, village officials said. Residents pay a $10 minimum per month, plus $1 per 1,000 gallons. That would be increased to $2.60 per 1,000 gallons, according to the preliminary proposal.

Commercial sewer users pay a $16.67 minimum per month and a $2.24 rate per 1,000 gallons. That would go to $2.60 per 1,000 gallons with the new sewer proposal. Residents will pay the same minimum monthly charges.

The new rates could go into effect in March or April.