City of Tonawanda
The Common Council on Tuesday increased the sewer user rate and the minimum annual charge for sewer consumption to plug a $300,000 deficit in this year’s sewer fund operating budget.
The rate was increased from $4.73 to $5.44 per 1,000 gallons. The minimum annual usage was increased to 40,000 gallons, or $217.60, up from $189. About 40 percent of the city’s sewer rate payers use less than the minimum, said City Treasurer Joseph Hogenkamp.
First Ward Councilman Charles M. Gilbert said council members are looking for ways to prevent future rate hikes.
“Until we do this is probably the fairest way we can go about it,” he said. “I hate it but it’s a necessary evil.”
• A regular meeting of the Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school library at Tonawanda High/Middle School, 600 Fletcher St.
• The annual Winterfest and chili cook-off takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kohler Pool. There will be all-ages activities, voting and tasting of the chili and a baked goods sale by the city Youth Board. For more information, call the city’s parks and recreation department at 692-2737.