Penn Yan approves utility budgets

Penn Yan Village officials have adopted 2019-2020 budgets for the water and sewer departments that include capital investments totalling nearly $1.5 million for both systems, but also reflect slight decreases in annual costs to water and sewer customers.

The village board adopted the water, sewer and electric budgets at the April 16 meeting.

Village Clerk/Treasurer Gary Meeks says general impacts on all three budgets include:

‒ Pay increases of 2.5 percent for members of collective bargaining units, and similar increases for non-union employees unless other arrangements have been approved by the board.

‒ A 9.4 percent increase in healthcare benefit costs and 5.0 percent hike in dental care increase.

Among the items impacting the Water and Water Treatment Plant budget are:

‒ Capital investment for water main replacements on Franklin Street, Maiden Lane, and Stark Avenue, with Franklin Street replacement costs of $408,700 being funded out of current savings. The $60,000 investment in the water treatment plant improvements will be paid by wholesale water customer reserves.

‒ The overall impact to customers for water costs is a decrease of about $2 per year for a single unit residence.

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