Newburgh Town Council Adopts Sewer Rate Increase

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Newburgh residents will soon have to pay more for their sewer bills. The town council adopted a new ordinance during a public hearing.

It was a packed house at Newburgh Town Council. Many showed up to voice their concerns on a new ordiance.

Effective in July, Newburgh residents will pay 6 percent more on their monthly sewage bills. That goes up by another 6 percent in 2017 and another 5 percent in 2018.

“An average person, assuming 4,000 gallons per month inside the town,” said Umbaugh Financial Advisor Dough Baldessari, “it’ll be $2.60 per month.”

All-in-all, the ordinance will generate $14.2 million for Newburgh to complete several projects, which includes rehabbing some of Newburgh’s existing sewer systems.

Still, it’s more money out Newburgh residents’ pockets.

“I’m still unclear on what this $4.2 million project is,” said one resident. “And how long is this supposed to last?”

But even after several complaints, the town council adopted the ordinance with the general consesus being the money generated will ultimately be a good thing for Newburgh.

“They do a very good job and have done in the past of increasing them, small incramental increases,” said Baldessari, “which is what we’re doing here instead of doing one large increase. We’re doing phasing increases over three years to help the utility rate payers.”

The ordinance goes into effect on July 1. Phase 2 starts on January 1, 2017, and Phase 3 starts January 1, 2018.

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