Silver Creek water, sewer rates going up

SILVER CREEK — Village residents will be seeing an increase in water and sewer rates starting in July.

Mayor Jeffrey Hornburg this week commented on upcoming changes to village water and sewer rates. “We will be putting out a notice on it, but when we passed the budget we said we were working on water rates,” Hornburg began. “We are a bit shy in our sewer rates, we’re running a deficit in the sewer, water isn’t doing too bad, but sewer is.”

The specifics of the rate increase won’t be immediate, but the new percentage nonetheless raised some eyebrows in the room.

“Everybody got their water bill for this quarter, that will stay the same,” Hornburg stated. “To make up that difference, we’re going to be raising sewer rates 10%. I know that sounds like a terrible number, but it amounts to 30 cents per 1,000 gallons of water. Sewer rates will be going from $3.06 to $3.36.”

Water rates, he noted, will be going up only 2%. “Water rates are only a 2% increase and that’s going from $4.69 to $4.78 in the village,” the mayor said. “These are both village numbers, and that’s only a nine-cent increase.”

Off the water rates, Hornburg also mentioned a water leak that occurred earlier in the day, as well as ongoing repairs to the village sidewalk downtown from a major water break earlier this year.

“We had a water leak this morning down by the First United Church. Crews were working on that all day,” Hornburg said. “And with any luck, by the end of this week or next, we will get the sidewalk replaced by the Food King restaurant.”

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