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Sewer rate increase slashed by board

A proposed 20-cent-per-1,000 gallon sewer rate increase was slashed Monday as the Village Board continues to review the tentative 2012-2013 budget.

This means there will be no increase in that rate next year. The board will review the proposed water rate increase of 20 cents per 1,000 gallons at another session.

The board knocked $50,000 from the general fund appropriations for the Public Works Department on Monday. A separate $50,000 is included under capital projects to construct a salt storage building so the village may buy road salt at current prices, saving money down the road. The savings will be on the salt and on fuel.

In winter, the village's trucks travel to and from a state salt storage facility bringing salt by individual truckload to use in the village. The proposed village storage facility would be financed by a bond over several years' time.

A $3 million performance evaluation project is listed under proposed capital projects in the budget proposal. It would be financed by a bond over 20 years. The results of the project would bring further energy savings to the village in the operation of the sewage plant. The savings could happen as early as this winter, depending on when and if the board signs a contract to begin the evaluation.

The village budget must be adopted by May 1. A hearing on the budget was held April 9.