Toledo sewer rates going up again, filling a slot on the city council and two on the planning commission
Sewer Rates Rising Again
Faced with more utility fund problems, the Toledo City Council, on the strong urging of department head staff, raised sewer rates yet again Wednesday night by another 22.75%. Wednesday night’s increase follows last year’s sewer hike of 10% which City Manager Michelle Amberg said was not producing enough revenue to keep the sewer fund solvent. She and Public Works Director Adam Denlinger reminded the council of the heavy toll this winter’s wind and rain inflicted on Toledo’s aging water and sewer pipes. There have been lots of expensive repairs. Some are expected to be partially covered by federal disaster funds, but even coming up with the 25% local match is difficult because of the long running strain on the fund, according to Denlinger.
Water rates were recently raised another 17% in order to ensure enough reserves in the water fund to handle emergencies and to ensure reserve levels remain at a level promised in order to get the lowest interest rate on bonds aimed at improving the town’s water system.
Filling vacancies on the City Council and Planning Commission
The council set the application process for someone to fill the lone vacancy on the city council. It’s the unexpired term of Mark Camara who has since moved to his new job location in New Zealand. The term ends December 31st, 2014. The council decided to hold applications open until May 21st. Interviews of the candidates will occur June 6th and the council will select the new city councilor that evening.
The city will also accept applications for two vacancies on the city planning commission through May 21st; interviews on June 6th with the council also making their selection that evening.