Some Rotterdam residents will see their water bill rise in June – The Daily Gazette

Rotterdam residents with homes in Consolidated Water District 5 should expect to see a higher bill in June than they usually receive.

“They’re used to only getting a $75 bill in June and that won’t be the case this year,” assistant supervisor Jack Dodson said.

Rather than paying a flat $75, district residents will now pay $157.89 for their operations and maintenance costs, regardless of how much water they actually use, Dodson said.

In the past, residents received ad valorem charges on their January bill for use that were based on the estimated value of the property, said Robert Godlewski, a Water District 5 resident and former council member. municipal.

They then received a fixed operating and maintenance fee of $75 in June.

“That ad valorem charge is out of here,” Dodson said.

So in previous years, someone with a taxable value of $200,000 or less paid $128 or less, Godlewski said.

“Put simply, people with less than $200,000 in assessed value will pay proportionately more than someone assessed over $200,000,” Godlewski said. “It will harm most older people.”

Godlewski also said that when the previous administration approved the fee resolution, there was no additional fee if someone exceeded 75,000 gallons of water.

Homes in Rotterdam are not metered, Godlewski said.

Next year, Water District residents will also see debt service charges added to their January bills for upgrades previously made in the district, Dodson said.

Dodson said income from the fund balance will cover the roughly $240,000 in debt service for this year.

“There is no doubt in my mind that 5 Water District debt service will be associated in the years to come,” he said.

Dodson said the city wants to release information as soon as possible to give people enough time to plan for the increase and will continue to remind people of the upcoming bill.

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