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Village board finalizes sewer rate increases

Posted September 11, 2013 by Joe Rehana in News

The Goreville Village Board approved an increase to the sewer rates after several audits identified the continual drain on contingency funds due to the Village operating the service at a loss for the past few years.

The last time the Village increased sewer rates was guessed to be more than 24 years ago.

New rates will go into effect in October with the base rate for zero to 1,500 gallons costing $15.00 and the rate for 1,501 gallons and more costing $6.60 per 1,000 gallons.

“We increased our sewer use minimum from 1,000 gallons to 1,500 gallons to align with our water use minimum of 1,500 gallons,” Goreville Trustee Jeff Jones said in an email Tuesday.  “This makes better sense and should make billing easier to comprehend.”

Jones said the average sewer bill for Goreville residents for fiscal year 2012 was $18.95.  The new rate will increase the average to $30.12, which according to the USDA is inline with the state average for communities of comparable size costing those residents between $30 and $40 a month.

“The new rates appear competitive against neighboring communities,” Jones said, adding that this rate increase only allows the village to break even on annual sewer costs.

As the Gazette reported in August, the village has hesitated on rate increases in the past, but said it could wait no longer.  A long-term plan to overhaul the village’s aging sewer and water system is on the horizon with a pre-proposed plan of using a mix of grants and bonds to fund a complete overhaul of the entire infrastructure.

At Monday’s County Commissioner’s meeting, Johnson County economic development director Ron Duncan said Goreville entered into an agreement with the University of Illinois’ Extension office in Vienna to help the Village in its comprehensive planning for the infrastructure projects it is proposing.

“This is going to help Goreville integrate its plan into the county plan,” Duncan said.  “And the County planning commission will work with Goreville to make sure we are paralleling our efforts.”