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Point Boro to Decide Water, Sewer Rate Increases

Point Pleasant Borough Council will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday

An issue with what Point Pleasant Borough’s water and sewer rates should be, and thus how to fund a department in deficit for 2013, is before the borough council in an ordinance at Dec. 3’s meeting.

The council will decide whether to increase the sewer usage rate to $5.25 per 1,000 gallons, which is a 10-cent increase. The water usage rate would increase 2 cents, to $2.60 per 1,000 gallons.

The measure comes after the council tabled an ordinance earlier in the year on what should be done with the rates, specifically the ready to serve charge. For the past years, Point Pleasant residents were paying a surcharge of $17 each for water and sewer, on top of the usage charges and ready to serve charge. Council agreed to keep the surcharge for the remainder of 2013, and tabled an ordinance to raise the combined existing $40 ready-to-serve charge to a cost of $60 per quarter for water and $60 per quarter for sewer. At the time, borough officials said the changes were needed to fund the water and sewer departments, shrinking the department’s deficit to $300,000.

The newly introduced ordinance focuses on increased usage rates and higher ready-to-serve charges, but not as much as was debated in the tabled ordinance. The current ordinance proposes $22 for water and $45 for sewer, which is $26.50 more than 2013 rates.

The Republican majority councilpersons present  -- Toni DePaola, Council President Bob Sabosik, and Bill Borowsky – voted in favor of the ordinance’s introduction earlier this month. Democrat Councilmen Chris Goss and Chris Leitner voted against its introduction.

The Tuesday meeting will convene 7 p.m. in borough hall.

proud December 03, 2013 at 07:11 AM
What do you want to bet the increase is a go?
Peter Hagemeyer December 03, 2013 at 09:52 AM
this article doesn't really tell us much. in 2013 the department’s deficit was $300,000- what is it down to now? I can understand the ready to use changes and charges, but why up the rates- is the town paying more for water?
Victor December 03, 2013 at 10:04 AM
I guess once you get in office you lose your sense of compassion for the people that elected you, who have to actually pay the added expense and don't have any more to give.
Honesty instead of Corruption December 03, 2013 at 05:21 PM
What is your solution to the deficit?
Tom Szymanski December 03, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Victor you're griping about having to pay an extra dime for every 200 times you flush the toilet(and that's a lowball, most toilets do better than 5 GPF). Isn't saying the Council lacks compassion a bit, exaggerated? Don't worry, they'll be paying the same rate as you, you seem to imply they won't be. The W/S? has been underfunded for years this Council is choosing to deal with the problem and not kick the can down the road. Do you know how outdated the W/S infrastructure was? There's a lot of work going on around town to bring the town into the 21st Century..increasing your rates by 12 cents is a small price to pay for basic quality of life.
Jersey Shore Grinch December 03, 2013 at 09:11 PM
If there is anyone who would know about the chronic underfunding of taxes, water and sewer it would be this political weasel Szymanski. He was the campaign manager of Susan Rogers, the queen of the budgetary slight of hand that started all of this when she manufactured a zero percent tax increase right before she got sent packing. We've been living with it ever since. Amazing what a change there is in the tune of her lackey after her fall from grace. If this punk hasn't learned to respect his elders he sure should respect his betters. He and his arrogance should take the ride down one of his 10 cent flushes.
proud December 03, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Them damn Lackeys.
Tom Szymanski December 04, 2013 at 10:19 AM
Grinch-Your name lives up to your reputation. For the record, I never "managed" any of Susan Rogers' campaigns, so please stop spreading misinformation. I managed the campaign in 2011, and have been involved since. Because you use a pseudonym, and Victor doesn't use his full name, I wouldn't know if I'm engaging my "elders" or not. When someone has the facts wrong and is using flawed logic to attack good people trying to do good things, I am going to let them know about it, regardless of their age. You're welcome to do the same, that's what this forum is all about. PS-Try using your real name one of these days
Bill Borowsky December 04, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Even after the rate increases, we still have the 2nd lowest rates in Ocean County.......

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