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Unhappy Border City residents told sewer rate hike needed

A handful of Border City residents questioned a $110-per-quarter minimum charge for treatment of sewer effluent — and each one was told essentially the same thing by Supervisor Don Trout at Monday’s Town Board meeting.

“Your sewage goes to the Geneva wastewater treatment plant, and they bill us,” Trout explained. “What we’ve been charging residents is not enough to pay that bill, so we have to bite the bullet and impose this minimum to meet that obligation.”

Sewage from the Routes 5&20 district that starts at the HEP Sales store and goes east to the village line is treated at the village of Waterloo wastewater treatment plant. Residents of that district were hit with the $110 minimum charge in 2018. Trout said the cost of treatment is roughly the same at both plants.

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