Second round of rate increases implemented in Fillmore

Friday, February 19, 2016

FILLMORE -- The second phase of a utility rate increase passed in late 2014 will show up on the bills of Fillmore utility customers this month.

The town announced this week it would be implementing the next phase of the two-year increase with the next round of bills, due to mail late this week.

Following a large increase from 2014 to 2015, the water rate increase will be minimal by comparison. For example, the minimum water bill (0-2,000 gallons) will increase 90 cents from $30.16 to $31.06.

The increase in sewer rates is more pronounced, with the minimum bill for 1,000 gallons increasing $3.16 from $42.90 to $46.06.

See the inset box for a complete look at the rate increases.

The two-year plan of rate increases was passed in a pair of ordinances in December 2014 as a way for the town to deal with increases from its water and wastewater service provider, Greencastle Municipal Utilities.

The increases should have gone into effect at the beginning of 2016, with the bills mailed out at the end of December. The increases are coming two months late as Clerk-Treasurer Tom Gilson continues to learn on the job.

No one had told Gilson the increase should have been implemented two months ago.

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  • These are reasonable increases. But Reelsville raises their rates 20% and brags about it being their first increase since 2014?

    -- Posted by Ben Dover on Fri, Feb 19, 2016, at 8:29 AM
  • Reasonable increases, but still not reasonable rates. A "minimum" bill is now $78.12. For water/sewer. Yikes. What do Greencastle residents pay??? After all, its the same water getting pumped to Fillmore.

    Yes, they're individual costs, but separating the two out to make it look smaller is misleading. You don't get one without the other.

    -- Posted by stranded67 on Sun, Feb 21, 2016, at 10:22 PM
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