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City Looks To Increase Town’s Water, Sewer Rates

OSWEGO, NY – Sewer and water rates in the town of Scriba are headed up.

At its meeting Monday night, the Administrative Services forwarded two resolutions to the full council. The first deals with the Bulk Sewer Treatment Agreement between the town and the city. The second deals with the Bulk Water Rate Agreement between the two municipalities.

The sewer pact expired Dec. 31, 2011. Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen and other city officials negotiated a new agreement with the town for the period of Jan. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2014.

For the first year of the deal, the cost jumps to $359,832. In the second year, it is $370,627 and $381,746 the final year of the agreement.

Under the proposed Bulk Water Rate Agreement, the water rate cost increases by 3 percent each year.

“This agreement was some time in negotiation, starting with the last administration,” City Attorney Gay Williams pointed out. “It was completed under this administration. Because it is the sewer agreement, it is a significant increase over the last agreement that we had with the town of Scriba.”

The numbers, percentage wise, are increased from Scriba’s previous deal the same percentage that the sewer users in the city have been increased, she explained.

Their last contract (2010-11) was $161,592, she said.

“This is to bring the outside users of our sewer system up to the range that our (city) constituents are paying,” Williams told the councilors.

It is based upon the number of users (638) in Scriba.

“It is a cost per user and the agreement provides that they (Scriba) will give us a new number every year (of the contract),” she said. “So, the bulk total for 2013 and 2014 could be adjusted if their numbers change.”

This is what the town of Scriba is going to pay the city, Williams explained. “What they charge the individual users will include whatever the town of Scriba charges for the maintenance of their (sewer) lines,” she added.

A copy of the water agreement wasn’t readily available.

The rates increase 3 percent per year. The rest of the terms of the old Bulk Water Agreement remain the same, according to Williams.

The full council will vote on the agreements at its April 23 meeting.