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Greenville raising water rates for the first time in 16 years

Nov 21, 2022 12:30 am
Melanie Lekocevic reports for Capital Region Independent Media that water rates in the town of Greenville are expected to rise by the end of the year. Town Supervisor Paul Macko pointed out during the October town board meeting that rates have not increased in many years. “We haven’t had a water rate increase in the town of Greenville since 2006,” Macko said. The town was advised by its bond counsel and auditor that the reserve funds have shrunk and that “we aren’t keeping up with the times as far as building reserve funds,” Macko said. Those funds are used when the town needs to replace equipment at the water filtration plant, but with insufficient funds set aside, making those repairs can be difficult. Macko said he intends to unveil potential new water rates by the board’s November or December meeting. Once a new rate is proposed, a public hearing will be held before the board votes on the proposal. In other town news, the annual Old Timers’ Christmas Party hosted by the town at the high school will likely be canceled over continued concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. “At this juncture, I don’t think we are going to be doing the Old Timers’ Christmas Party this year at the school for the simple reason that I don’t want a ‘super-spreader’ event, and I don’t want to subject the school to having to clean the building afterwards,” Macko said. The annual tradition has not been held since before the start of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. Seven Greene County residents have died from COVID-19 this November so far. Read the full story at TheUpStater [dot] com.

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