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MV Sewage Authority increases rates

| Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008

DONORA - Citing the need to meet budgetary requirements and continue the agency's long-term control plan, the Mon Valley Sewage Authority will raise rates 20 percent in 2009.

Authority general manager Tom Salak said the increase will take effect Jan. 1 and and will raise the minimum rate from $55 to $66 each quarter.

Earlier this year, Donora Borough Council and Monessen City Council imposed line usage fees. The total quarterly bill for Donora customers will be $71.

The total quarterly bill for Monessen customers will be $81. The authority collects line usage fees for the municipalities.

The increase will affect approximate 5,600 customers in Monessen and Donora.

Salak said the increase is the authority's first since 2004.

The revised rates are necessary to cover the increased expenditures to either repair or replace facilities that are 35 years old, Salak said.

He also noted the increase is needed for the anticipated loss of state money under Act 339, utilization of investment income and revenue account monies for sewage disposal system improvements and the implementation of the Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plan.

Under the new cost plan, customers will be charged $6.60 per thousand gallons consumed up to the first 60,000 gallons. The cost will be $5.84 per thousand gallons for the next 60,000 gallons used and $4.72 for thousands of gallons used in excess of 120,000.

Industrial establishments will be charged $6.73 per employee per quarter. Schools will be assessed $4.48 per pupil, teacher and employee each quarter.

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