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Ten percent increase for Catskill Village water rates

Apr 22, 2019 12:59 am
Sarah Trafton reports for Columbia-Greene Media that the Village of Catskill will raise water rates by 10 percent in the third quarter of this year. The increase is to pay for the debt service on a $250,000 bond to replace a filtration unit in the water plant that was passed in February. “[The increase] will be reflected in the October bill,” Catskill Village President Vincent Seeley said. “The rate increase is primarily due to our efforts to maintain current operations, invest in water quality infrastructure and improve operations by purchasing new billing software.” DPW Superintendent Michael McGrath said, "The filtration unit should be on and running by the end of next week.” The village is also replacing 1,000 water meters, with new meters with radio transmitters. “You can radio-read them from the trucks so you don’t have to go in people’s homes,” McGrath said. “Before, if you got half the houses done you were lucky. Now you need one guy out there instead of five and you can do it all in one day instead of a week.” Read the full story at HudsonValley360.com.