MOUNT VERNON — Residents of Clinton Township who are served by the Mount Vernon sewer system typically pay more than $160 every three months. The board of the Clinton Water and Sewer district is looking for ways to reduce that amount, but there may not be many practical options.
The bills are issued by the city of Mount Vernon and reflect the cost of the debt service to pay for constructing the sewer system, the cost of treating the sewage and a 40 percent surcharge the city imposes on users outside the city. According to the city, the typical sewer-only bill issued in Clinton Township is for $162.57, which includes the standard sewage charge of $61.16, the 40 percent surcharge of $24.46 and $76.95 which goes to Clinton Township to pay the debt service.
Sewer rates are usually based on water usage, but since few of the Clinton Township customers have city water, the city charges based on the average usage of a household, which is 1,900 cubic feet. Commercial customers are handled differently.
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