Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
December 17, 2013 9:43 am EST


FREDERICKTOWN — After spending some time explaining the need for a water rate increase to about 10 residents who attended the meeting, the Village Council unanimously approved final passage of the new rates.

The questioning started with the basic “Why is the water bill going up?” and “Why is Mount Vernon so much lower when they had to build or expand sewer and water plants as well?”

Mayor Alan Kintner started the answers by explaining that the big jump in rates came with the construction of the new sewer plant, completed three years ago at a cost of around $7 million. The old plant was at 85 percent capacity and the new plant was needed to meet new specifications and they were also urged by the county to allow for the eventual inclusion of a trailer park, Ankneytown and the residential areas around Knox Lake, but none of those additions have yet come about.

In Fredericktown’s case, that expense had to be spread out over 1,000 customers, while the project in Mount Vernon could spread the cost over 6,500 customers.

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