MIDDLEPORT – The Middleport Village Board will increase water and sewer rates 15 percent with the February 2016 billing. The measure was adopted following a public hearing last week that only drew a couple of residents.
It is the first rate increase since January 2006.
“People have been stopping us on the street and asking, ‘What took so long?’ ” said Village Clerk Rebecca Schweigert. “Ten years is a long time.”
Under the new rates, the current minimum water bill for 5,000 gallons or less will rise from $58.12 to $66.46 per quarter, up $8.34. This is for combined water and sewer service.
In addition, the village will raise the current rate of $4.30 per 1,000 gallons to $4.95 per 1,000 gallons for customers using between 6,000 and 75,000 gallons quarterly. For customers using 76,000 gallons or more, the rate will rise from the current $3 per 1,000 gallons to $3.45 per 1,000 gallons quarterly.
For an average customer using 20,000 per quarter, this new rate change would mean the bill would go from $187.12 to $214.96 quarterly, Schweigert noted.
The rate hike is necessary because the village has lost two major water consumers in recent years – Niagara Foods and the Old Mill trailer park. In addition, FMC Corp. has reduced its usage, officials said.