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Greenville sewer rate goes up, water static



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 9:56AM

The sewer rate is up by a dollar for Greenville town residents for 2017, while their water rate will remain static.

The town sewer rate will be rising from $18 per 1,000 gallons to $19 per 1,000 for general town residents.

Greenville Estates, which has a long-term contract with the town to pay for sewer based on a formula related to their usage, is set at $8.74 per 1,000 gallons. This is an increase over last year’s Greenville Estates rate of $7.93.

There is still more than 20 years left on Greenville Estate’s contract with the town. 

“The revenue was not enough to cover the budget last year,” said Town Administrator Tara Sousa, about the reasoning for the increase in the rate. “Our financial position in the sewer went down based on our 2016 audit.”

The gap between actual revenue and the sewer budget was $48,681, said Sousa. The increase in the rate isn’t expected to completely close that gap, she said, but the Select Board, which also acts as the town’s water and sewer commission, did not want to cause a large jump in the rates all at once.

“The selectmen are being cautious,” said Sousa. Particularly, she added, as indications are that the Greenville Estates rate will be increasing again next year.

“They are taking those things into consideration and not raising the town rate unnecessarily,” said Sousa.

The water rate will remain $6.50 per 1,000 gallons. There is no difference in the water rate for general residents and Greenville Estates. 

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.