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Arnold sewage bills

| Sunday, March 31, 2013, 11:20 p.m.

For many years, sewage in Arnold was billed at a flat rate per household and paid along with the taxes on that house. It was a bargain for large families, but not for small or single households.

In the interest of fairness — and a large debt to the Municipal Sewage Authority of New Kensington — Arnold revamped the payment system and contracted a billing agent.

We now pay $102 for the first 750 cubic feet of sewage, plus $6.22 per 100 cubic feet over that per quarter.

After repeated billing problems, I checked how Lower Burrell and New Kensington handle their sewage billing, as all the water and sewage come from and end up in the same place and the water is all the same price. To my surprise, Arnold residents pay 12 percent more than Lower Burrell. New Kensington residents pay a $111 minimum, but that's for 1,500 cubic feet of sewage, twice the volume for Arnold residents.

Why is there such a price difference?

This is a fair question and the public has a right to know the answer. I'm neither complaining nor picking on public officials in Arnold or any agency. I just want the residents of Arnold to get the data needed to understand the rates we now pay.

Have questions on sewage bills, rates, the new garbage collection contract or other city business? The next Arnold Council meeting is Tuesday, April 9.

I also want to compliment to the new Arnold administration. Keep up the good work — I'm sure it must be a tough and thankless job.

Bill Charlton

Arnold

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