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Local Government

Water, sewer fees likely to go up in Elburn

ELBURN – Village residents would see an increase in water and sewer fees if trustees approve an ordinance discussed at Monday night's Committee of the Whole meeting.

Sewer rates would increase to $2.82 per 100 cubic feet, up from $2.69. Water rates would increase to $3.80 per 100 cubic feet, up from $3.62. And the base cost, the fee for having the service, would increase to $7.50, up from $5.50.

John Nevenhoven, the village's superintendent of public works, said an average customer uses 700 cubic feet, or 5,000 gallons, a month. Such a customer would see a bill of about $61 a month, up from $55. The rates would take effect May 1. The Village Board could vote on the ordinance at its next meeting.

Nevenhoven said the increase in the base fees are needed to pay for capital items, including maintenance for water mains, fire hydrants, water towers and water pumps.

"We have to reinvest this money back into the water and sewer system," Nevenhoven said.

Village President Dave Anderson stressed the need for the increase, pointing out "we've very much got an aging system."

Trustee Jerry Schmidt wondered whether firefighters should charge a fee if they are hauling water from Elburn to another community to fight a fire.

"How do you keep track of that?" Anderson asked.

And Police Chief Steve Smith said such a move would not be well-received.

"It's a mutual aid type of thing," he said.

Nevenhoven said the cost to fill a tanker with water is about $16. Anderson said that would not bring substantial savings.

"We're not talking about a great deal of dollars, Jerry," Anderson said.

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