Monroe Council introduces hearing for utility increase - Berne Tri-Weekly News

Monroe Council introduces hearing for utility increase

The Monroe Council is announcing a special public hearing concerning utility (water and sewer) rate increases. The meeting will be held in the meeting room of the town hall on March 26. Following the hearing, council will meet in special session to take action on the matter. Council President Al Lehman said that he is proposing a 14 percent raise in water rates, which was last adjusted in January of 2012 and a 46 percent sewer rate increase, which was last adjusted in July of 1994. Lehman said that factors contributing to the need for a raise include paying towards a sewer lagoon project in Berne, where Monroe’s waste flows and the raise in cost for health care costs for two city employees. “We are paying over $2,700 a month for health coverage. We are looking for ways to bring that down,” said Lehman. “We are paying over $32,000 a year from health coverage for our two employees and their families.” In relation to the lagoon project, Lehman proposed tha... Read More >