Following a public hearing on Sept. 15, the Verona City Council voted to increase the sewer unit rate.
After discussing seven options, the decision was made to keep the base rate the same at $11.50 and to increase the 1,000-gallon unit rate by 25 cents from $2.63 to $2.88.
The last time the council increased the sewer rate was in August of last year. At that time, the base rate was increased 50 cents from $11 to $11.50 and the unit rate was increased 50 cents from $2.13 to $2.63.
City Clerk Julie Ruscha pointed out that using the current base rate and unit rate, the city would lose approximately $3,270 over the course of a year. With the recent action, however, it is projected the city would gain $2,154.
Three residents spoke during the public hearing.
Barbara Samuels asked if American Dehydrated Foods had been hooked up to the sewer yet. Mayor Roy Snyder said the firm was not hooked up as yet. He said once the firm was hooked up, it could increase revenues but also increase expenses.
Peggy Paynter, former alderman, said since the rate was increased last year she wondered if the city was meeting expenses yet. She was told the city is closer to meeting expenses but not quite.
JoNell Green asked if everyone in the city limits was hooked up to the sewer system. She was told a few residents were not on the system.
The new sewer rate will become effective Oct. 1.