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Monday, November 14, 2011

Oneida County Sewer District Rates

A legal notice was in the Wednesday, November 9, 2011 Observer Dispatch announcing that the Oneida County Sewer District will hold a public hearing on Friday, November 18, 2011, for the purpose of hearing and reviewing any comments on the proposed 2012 sewer use charges.

The hearing is to be held at the Oneida County Water Pollution Control Plant, 51 Leland Ave, Utica, NY at 11:00 a.m.

According to the legal notice, "written statements may be submitted at this time. Furthermore, the record shall remain open for a period of five (5) days following this public hearing for the purpose of receiving any additional written comments. Such comments may be filed up to the 28th day of November 2011. Comments can be mailed to OCSD, P.O. Box 442, Utica, NY 13503-0442."

The notice goes on to say that "the proposed sewer use charges will remain on file with the Clerk of the Board of the Oneida County Board and will be open to public inspection during regular business hours."

We obtained a copy of the rate schedule so that we could provide a pdf copy for why couldn't they have done the same...just make the information readily available?

Here is a summary of the proposed 2012 fee schedule...
  • the sewer usage rate for 2012 will be $3.31 per 1,000 gallons of water consumed. The 2011 rate is $3.25 per 1,000 gallons of other words there is a proposed rate increase of $.06 per 1,000 gallons of water. Sewer districts are subject to the 2% tax cap and this increase represents a 2% increase.
  • Customers who do not have water meters [in other words those with sewers who are on well water] will have a usage calculated based on an estimated water consumption rate of 50 gallons per person per day with a maximum usage based on 200 gallons per day.
  • In addition to the above charges, cutomers whose discharge is tributary to the Sauquoit Creek Pumping Station will be assessed $1.05 per 1,000 gallons [the same rate as is presently being assessed for everyone except those in the town of New Hartford, although Supervisor Tyksinski has intimated on more than one occasion that Town of New Hartford users might have to start paying this additional charge in 2012...we'll will have to wait and see.]

Here is the entire proposed rate schedule that was provided to us including the fees for industrial customers, wastewater haulers, late charges, delinquent charges, uncompensated use of sewer district services, refunds and adjustments.

Incidentally, there is a New Hartford Town Board meeting on Wednesday, November 16, 2011. The 2012 budget will once again be discussed and will need to to be adopted by the town board at this meeting.

As of today, there is no agenda on the town's website, so tomorrow we will go to the Town Clerk's office and get one so that we can post it along with a copy of the 2012 Preliminary Budget.


Anonymous said...

The 6 cents is a less than 2% rate increase but the cap is on levy not rate. Does this schedule keep the levy increase within the cap? There aren't any budget figures in the document you posted. Do you have those?

New Hartford, NY Online said...

Oops, you are right Anonymous.

We found the budget for the Oneida County Sewer District in the 2012 County Budget, but that brings up another question...does the 2% tax cap apply to the Sewer District separately or as part of the County Budget? It all depends on how the authority is administered and governed. If anyone knows the answer, please let us know.

Here is the information we found on how the tax cap works regarding special districts.

Here is the budget that is part of the 2012 County Budget.