Village residents to pay more for sewer service

Starting in 2019, utility bills to have 10% increase to pay for plant upgrades
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

Village of Fredonia residents will see their sewer bill go up 10% next year, and possibly longer.

The Utilities Committee earlier this month recommended the increase to fund upgrades at the wastewater treatment plant. It was approved unanimously by the Village Board the next night.

The committee also has recommended another 10% increase in the sewer rate go into effect in 2020 and that the rate be increased 4% in 2021, 2022 and again in 2023.

Those proposed increases have not been approved.

According to Public Works Director Roger Strohm, the village has the second-lowest sewer rate among 10 area communities at $4.86 per 1,000 gallons. Only Port Washington’s, at $3.93 per 1,000 gallons, is lower. Adell’s is the highest at $10.98.

Other communities also are increasing their rates, Strohm said.

Oostburg increased its sewer rates 20% in 2018, he said. Grafton will increase its rates 16.9% in 2019, 15.3% in 2020 and 15% in 2021.

Fredonia’s water rate is the fifth-lowest at $3.03 per 1,000 gallons, Strohm said. Grafton’s, Cedar Grove’s, West Bend’s and Random Lake’s are lower.

The highest is Adell at $5.85 per 1,000 gallons.

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