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No BTMUA Rate Hike for 2013

Fozman: crunching numbers led to savings

Ratepayers of the Brick Towship Municipal Utilities Authority will not see their water and sewer rates rise for 2013, Commissioner Jim Fozman said.

Fozman, who also serves on the township council, said he and fellow commissioner George Cevasco worked with Chief Financial Officer Frank Planko to find savings at the regional water and sewer authority.

As a result, rates will not rise this year, he said.

"We managed to come up with a zero percent rate increase," said Fozman. "That was really big. It's the first time in years we've had no increase."

Fozman said the bulk of the savings was generated by reducing the utility's five year plan budget by $2 million and using funds dedicated to specific projects or sites – such as the reservoir on Sally Ike Road – for those projects or sites only, rather than dipping into the general fund for routine spending.

"We sat down with the department heads and went over it line by line," said Fozman. "We went through it thoroughly and found every cost cutting measure we could find."

"That is a big accomplishment," said Councilman John Ducey at Tuesday night's township council meeting. "We haven't had a zero in how many years, if ever, and to see that go through, it is very very exciting."

BrickBen March 20, 2013 at 11:08 PM
The only thing Vera's husband had nothing to do with this deal. Not sure why he would take the credit for something that was in the works long before he decided it would a good idea to make himself a councilman and a BTMUA commissioner......
J.JONES March 20, 2013 at 11:15 PM
He didn't take the salary ..so we shouldn't have an increase ...
Mrgrumpass March 21, 2013 at 01:32 AM
I agree but there is one place that the MUA could save money FIRE BRANDO!
Scott Pezarras March 21, 2013 at 01:33 AM
Watch They didn't give us $1,000,000 last year either. It was requested when the Twp was moving towards a referendum in 2011. We don't have this revenue in this year's budget either.
Mariwesty April 02, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Got Chloramine? Cheaper (toxic) water disinfectant being used now... Europe, Japan, etc Banned its use for some reason...

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