New Albany Council Nearing Final Vote On Sewer Rate Increase

by Gabe Bullard on April 7, 2010

by Gabe Bullard

The New Albany City Council is preparing to hold a final vote on a plan to increase sewer rates. The rate increase would be used to finance federally mandated infrastructure improvements to the sewer system.

The plan before the council would increase rates about 50 percent over the next few years. The extra revenue would be combined with a $7.4 million loan and used to upgrade the sewer system.

The plan passed the council 5-4 Monday. Councilman Pat McLaughlin voted against it. He says the city should avoid taking out a loan and instead make sewer improvements gradually, as money becomes available.

“They should be fixed and they will be fixed, but there’s not really a mandate that’s been set of ‘You will do this in this period of time,'” he says.

A final vote on the plan will be held next Thursday.

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k. forte April 8, 2010 at 4:47 am

It seems that NA Municipal Authorities has a monopoly and can charge its citizens whatever it wishes… I have no issue with making needed improvements, but the economic impact of the rate increase upon its residents is severe and reflects that those in power in New Albany really don’t care much about the financial struggles of the average New Albany family.

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