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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.

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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