Sewer rates stable in 2014

JOHNSTOWN – The Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility is proposing sewer rates remain fairly stable for residential and commercial users in the Glove Cities for 2014.

Plant Fiscal Officer Donna Renda told the cities’ Joint Sewer Board Wednesday night that sewer rates for residential users will remain about the same as for 2013. That rate is $2.38 per 1,000 gallons of wastewater. That is actually 1 cent less than the $2.39 rate adopted 10 years ago in 2004.

She said rates for industrial sewer users will increase by about 1 percent in 2014, although actual invoice totals vary from industry to industry, based on actual monthly use.

“We’ve been able to remain stable with the increased usage at the facility,” Renda said Thursday.

Also, Renda said the sewage treatment plant has been able to stabilize its financial situation in recent years by drawing from its reserves.

Renda said the average total annual sewer bill for a family of three proposes an overall 0.5 percent increase. The cost of that average bill would be $205.

The board will conduct a public hearing on proposed 2014 sewer rates at 7 p.m. April 23 at Johnstown City Hall, after which time the board may formally adopt the rates.

Renda said that factors effecting 2014 wastewater rates include: sewer board adoption of the 2014 operation and maintenance budget, continued “substantial” trucked and pumped waste revenue, and $353,000 of the stabilization fund utilized to subsidize the sewer plant operation out of a roughly $5 million budget for 2014.

Proposed industrial flow rates are about 6 cents per 1,000 gallons, which have remained at the same level since 2009.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.