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 wasnt 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. Itll 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.
Its 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.