Northern New York Newspapers
Watertown
Ogdensburg
Massena-Potsdam
Lowville
Carthage
Malone
NNY Business
NNY Living
NNY Ads
Sat., Dec. 20
ADVERTISE SUBSCRIBE
Serving the communities of Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties, New York
In print daily. Online always.
Related Stories

Massena town council to consider water maintenance fee

PREV
NEXT
ARTICLE OPTIONS
A A
print this article
e-mail this article

MASSENA - Town officials will hold a public hearing today on a proposed water maintenance fee increase that would be equal for all ratepayers in the town outside the village.

After the public hearing, the Massena Town Council will have the option to vote on the establishment of a flat water maintenance fee of $3.

In September 2011, the town council voted to consolidate each of its nine water districts into one district, which wasn’t to take effect until the start of this year.

“Everyone n the new water district will have to pay the same rate, whereas before the rates were all different. It’ll be much easier for everyone,” Supervisor Joseph D. Gray said.

Mr. Gray said the new fee would be an increase of about 50 cents over the average water maintenance fee, but pointed out maintenance fees vary among the areas that were once separate water districts. The fee increase is necessary because there has not been a maintenance fee increase for a long time, but the costs of that maintenance have increased, Mr. Gray said.

“It’s needed to keep the maintenance fund solvent,” he said.

The establishment of a single water maintenance fee will also help consolidate the activities of town officials and concerned taxpayers. The flat rate will do away with the need to hold a public hearing for each proposed maintenance fee increase, which could prove tiresome as there are currently separate fees for each of the former nine water districts in the town outside the village.

Commenting rules:
  1. Stick to the topic of the article/letter/editorial.
  2. When responding to issues raised by other commenters, do not engage in personal attacks or name-calling.
  3. Comments that include profanity/obscenities or are libelous in nature will be removed without warning.
Violators' commenting privileges may be revoked indefinitely. By commenting you agree to our full Terms of Use.
Giveaway
Syracuse Football Tickets Giveaway
Connect with Us
WDT News FeedsWDT on FacebookWDT on TwitterWDT on InstagramWDT for iOS: iPad, iPhone, and iPod touchWDT for Android
Showcase of Homes
Showcase of Homes