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 A yearlong study into Batavia’s water and sewer system, recommends a rate hike of 2 and a half percent per year, for the next five years.The same study, revealed to city council last night, also recommends approval of a $1 per quarter Capital Improvement Fee that gradually increases to $3 per quarter at the end of the five-year period.

The city's entire water and sewer system is valued at $181-million. The consultant says the pipes in the system are 50 to 100 years old and the associated equipment in the system is beyond its life expectancy.
In an interview with WBTA News last night, Council President Marianne Clattenburg said she favors the idea of smaller but regular rate increases. Ward One Councilman William Cox also said he favors the recommended increases and thinks the public will support the idea.
Here is what both had to say:
The city consultant who prepared the study claims the cost of the recommended rate hikes to the average homeowner, including the capital improvement fee, would be about $10 a year.

 PHOTO: Right: Ward 1 Councilman William Cox, Left: Council President Marianne Clattenburg 

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