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Plainfield Village Board to consider increasing water and sewer rate

PLAINFIELD – The Plainfield Village Board is going to consider a four-year water and sewer rate increase at its Jan. 8 meeting.

If the increase is approved, the average household in the village will pay an additional $4 a month.

A YouTube video by the village explained that while Lake Michigan water wholesale purchase costs have stabilized, there still are annual increases that occur based on the Producer Price Index, which fluctuates.

Historically, the yearly increases are about 2.5 percent.

The village is aiming to complete a five-year, $10 million capital improvement plan, which would help maintain and improve the water and sewer system. The village did redirect some sales tax revenue to the water and sewer fund to offset the price increases of wholesale water charged by the city of Chicago during the past five years.

But that measure only was intended as a temporary solution. The village said in the video its goal is to gradually return this revenue to the capital fund for road maintenance.

The village also said it has been trying to control other costs by the implementation of the radio water meter reading system and by modernizing facilities to allow for more efficient operations. It also has reduced its staff by 25 percent and electrical costs by 27 percent.

It goes on to say that a minimum bill for seniors and empty-nesters will see an increase of approximately $1 per month and approximately a $4 increase per month for a typical family of four, unless you have teenagers.

The video said the village did a survey to compare its water and sewer rate to neighboring communities and communities of similar size and populations with Lake Michigan Water. It claims among nine neighboring communities, Plainfield has the fifth-lowest monthly rate. It has the third lowest rate when compared to 10 communities of comparable size and it is the seventh-lowest among 14 communities of comparable population and economic demographics.

If the increase is approved, it will appear on residents’ April bill.

Anyone with questions is asked to email info@goplainfield.com or call 815-436-3577.

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