FREDERICKTOWN — No one complained to Village Council about the proposed water rate increase, on council’s agenda for second reading, but incoming Councilman Bill Van Nosterand did ask what the village has done to keep rates down.
Village Administrator Gary Gallogly said personnel has been cut from six to five and other councilmen pointed out that it has been 10 years since a significant rate increase.
Mayor Alan Kintner said an increase three years ago was the equivalent of a cost of living increase and Councilman Dave Glass noted that sewer rates have been the main culprit for high utility rates in the village and that debt service on the water tower is driving the current rate increase.
The timing on the tower, although needed to improve fire protection and to meet standards for above-ground water storage, was unanticipated as the no-interest loan the village received for the project was an unexpected opportunity.
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