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Water, Sewer Rates to Rise in Brick

Combination of factors led to increase, officials say

A combination of higher fees from the Ocean County Utilities Authority, increased payroll and operating expenses as well as a reduction in revenues are behind a water and sewer rate increase, officials said at a rate hearing Monday night.

The Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority will raise rates by 3.9 percent overall, allowing the authority to collect an extra $1.3 million.

The increases are set to take effect April 1.

Chief Financial Officer Frank Planko said the agency, which provides water and sewerage services to Brick and sells water to several other municipalities, will operate under a $36.7 million budget this year.

With the rate increase, a resident who uses 15,000 gallons of water per quarter will see their bill rise from $197.01 to $204.80.

In addition to rising wage and operational costs, the BTMUA has suffered from a lack of revenue in recent years as the real estate development boom has leveled off. The authority expects less than 200 new connections next year, which will generate about $200,000 in revenue.

In the past, connection fees have generated as much as $2 million per year for the authority, officials said.

Residents may also be using water more conservatively, making it tougher to project revenue from ratepayers.

"As we see average use decreasing, which we do every year … I have to take that average use into consideration so I don't overestimate our revenue," said Planko.

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RATE TYPE 2012 2011 Base Charges $22.63 plus $3.62 per 1,000 gallons up to 10,000 gallons $21.78 plus $3.48 per 1,000 gallons up to 10,000 gallons Excess Charges $5.88 per 1,000 gallons for water usage in excess of 10,000 gallons per quarter. $5.66 per 1,000 gallons for water usage in excess of 10,000 gallons per quarter. Lawn/Sprinler Accounts $5.88 per 1,000 gallons, up to 18,000 gallons per quarter. In excess of 18,000 gallons per quarter, $7.27 per 1,000 gallons. $5.66 per 1,000 gallons, up to 18,000 gallons per quarter. In excess of 18,000 gallons per quarter, $7 per 1,000 gallons. Sewer Charges

$90.32 plus $1.75 for each 1,000 gallons of sewage generated up to 18,000 gallons quarterly.

Excess $6.75 per 1,000 gallons.

$86.93 plus $1.68 for each 1,000 gallons of sewage generated up to 18,000 gallons quarterly.

Excess $6.50 per 1,000 gallons.

Mark Story Jenks March 29, 2012 at 06:22 AM
I think you mean utmost. utmost (adj) - Bing Dictionary ut·most of greatest degree: of the greatest degree, number, or amount at extremity: at the most distant point or extremity greatest degree or amount: the greatest degree, number, or amount of something, especially the greatest effort that somebody is capable of.
Mark Story Jenks March 29, 2012 at 06:48 AM
If you don't pay your bill, they shut off your water. And then put your house up for tax sale. They claim to be a "seperate entity" from the township, so I don't know how they get away with that.
Mark Story Jenks March 29, 2012 at 06:49 AM
I think you mean two options, not too options. At least you didn't say to options. Watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZW-eCcAmnQ
Mark Story Jenks March 29, 2012 at 07:05 AM
The Canadian Geese over-population problem could be solved if they were shot, cleaned and dressed to feed the poor. A problem there might be much of the grass the geese ingest is laden with herbicides and pesticides. That might be what screwed up their brains enough to lose the instinct to migrate like they used to, and are supposed to.
Mark Story Jenks March 29, 2012 at 07:12 AM
I don't know who'd hire you with that attitude of yours.
Mark Story Jenks March 29, 2012 at 07:18 AM
You just got that, now?
Mrgrumpass March 29, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Kingjester21 Is it ok that at the BTMUA secretaries make $60&70G’s a year Freeholder Lacy was paid over $100G’s a year for a part time job and Brando’s BS job , as well as the water comp. running a dog park? When your home income changes you adjust you cut out the frills and what I stated here I call frills! Remove all the frills and our water bill will go down!
Stephen lynch March 29, 2012 at 12:23 PM
SeeYa I got something you can kiss goodnight.
SeeYa March 29, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Ok, meet you at the reservoir, I will have a black suit on. 630 pm is a good time. Gates close at that time.
SeeYa March 29, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Correction~ Too many telephone options to list. not two. TOO many. BMUA is the one and only option we have for our water. BMUA is going down.
SeeYa March 29, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Crystal Clear well water here!
Mark Story Jenks March 29, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I'm with you on that one. But have you had yours tested for heavy metals, Dioxins and dioxin-like compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls, and stuff like that? You can't always tell by the smell or the taste.
Stephen lynch March 29, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Gates close at 6 get your shit straight I'll see you there
DeezNuts March 29, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Yea hello
johnny bolobski March 29, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Mark.... If we are going to correct things, they are Canada Goose, not canadian geese.
holyhhh March 29, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Ok, after reading these comments it is apparant that the old brainwashing technique of turning people against each other in order to control them has worked well. Can't we all understand that WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME FRIGGIN TEAM!! Those in control DO NOT want us to uprise. Why don't you get together and storm the BMUA instead of each other? I'm personally glad there are still labor jobs for people. It's the waste at the top that needs to go. Am I the only one who understands what is really going on???? Show up to these town meetings and get your RAGE ON!!! EVERYBODY!!!!!
BW March 29, 2012 at 07:08 PM
geese   [gees] noun a plural of goose. More then 1 goose would be geese. And believe me there is more then 1 goose there!
Mark Story Jenks March 29, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I think you are wrong, Johnny. More then one, a Gaggle of Geese, are commonly called Canadian Geese.
darrell March 29, 2012 at 07:36 PM
when you got the magic jack, did you cancel the whole phone bill or do you stillhave to pay for the wire in? I might be interested.
holyhhh March 29, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I'm not inciting violence or anything, just saying that we should work together-not against each other. Maybe the citizens in Brick should get together privately and decide what is acceptable to them and come up with a plan to present it at a town meeting or something.
KC March 30, 2012 at 04:41 AM
I would want to get that tested. It isn't that I don't believe you, but I don't believe well water is potable due to all the lawns that people insist on maintaining despite the fact that the sandy soil is not hospitible and seeding requires fertilization that pollutes ground water. Lawns are a stupid, stupid throwback concept. Wild flowers, vegetable gardens, stone, and small trees would make so much more sense. Since we are in cancer alley I would be skeptical of well water for drinking purposes. It is my considered opinion that until we get rid of these lawns our water supply will continue to be polluted.
Mrgrumpass March 30, 2012 at 11:07 AM
? we have a town council , they should be looking out for the people not secret meetings to find solutions, go to a meeting and to dissolve the BTMUA because it is a disgrace!
darrell March 30, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Someone told me a few years back ( don't know when) that the BTMUA was in the process of being or trying to be taken over by the township. Does anyone remember what happened?
Mrgrumpass March 30, 2012 at 05:40 PM
The township created the BTMUA and can dissolve it with little trouble.
Mrgrumpass March 30, 2012 at 05:42 PM
As they should!
Michele March 31, 2012 at 01:08 AM
SeeYA--which election are you talking about? Ms. Briggs was hired in Nov of 2010. Also she has never cried at town hall. Have a safe and wonderful weekend, take an umbrella it is going to rain.
rick from brick March 31, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Exactly, you conserve and they raise rates to make up the difference, the same exact things happens with other utilities also. Conservation doesn't pay apparently. Typical government B.S. when I first moved to brick we had a well and a septic tank. Do we really need this nonsense?
Sophia Loyd April 02, 2012 at 07:19 AM
Why can't we just privatize the water... United Water & NJ American water (their rates also went up) BUT they are still cheaper, more dependable, and their employees aren't complete idiots. Also, with all the money the MUA is getting you'd think they would have I don't know.. fix their website for once. It's been almost 5 years and the only link on the site that works is the pay your bill section.
Sick of whining people October 28, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I have a public job. Seems like a few years ago when the private sector was living in a fantasy world of greed nobody gave a thought about the public servant. Actually they thought we were beneath them. Now that their bubble burst( oh and by the way the reason we are all in financial trouble) all I'm reading here is jealousy. Jealous of the fact that people like us that do labor jobs that most off you wouldn't dream of have dreamed of doing years ago look appealing now because they are secure jobs. Whining, crybaby jealousy is all I'm reading here. All talk and no action.
John Corea October 28, 2012 at 07:41 PM
water & sewer goes up. property taxes go up up up. i got the message. i moved. i suggest you all do the same. speak with your feet.

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