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Published: Sunday, 11/24/2013 - Updated: 12 months ago

Sylvania Township water bills to rise about $9 a quarter starting next year

BY NATALIE TRUSSO CAFARELLO
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Sylvania Township residents within the Lucas County water district will pay about $9 more a quarter to turn on the water faucet starting next year.

Township residents who receive their quarterly bill directly from the City of Toledo will see about a 13 percent increase in rates starting Jan. 1. The hike is a pass-through rate from the City of Toledo which furnishes water to all of Sylvania and Lucas County. There are approximately 16,000 Lucas County water customer accounts who reside in Sylvania Township. Some township residents are within the City of Sylvania’s water district and pay a different rate.

In May, the City of Toledo approved increases slightly above 13 percent a year for each of four years, and an additional 4.5 percent increase in the fifth year, to pay for more than $300 million in repairs and upgrades to its water treatment plant, mandated by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. 

The average township household bill using 3,000 cubic feet of water a quarter was $97 this year, and will rise nearly $9 a quarter next year. It will continue to increase another $9 a quarter in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

On top of the rate increase, Toledo assesses a surcharge to suburban customers that, starting in October, will rise to $37 a quarter, up from $25, for every 3,000 cubic feet of water. The rate increase and surcharge increase will make the average township household quarterly bill to be $118.  

The county’s fees for distribution, operation and maintenance of the water lines in the township will be maintained in 2014, Jim Shaw, county sanitary engineer, said. That includes the county’s fixed fee of $14.41 a quarter and volume charge fee of $5.85 per 1,000 cubic feet of water used.

The Sylvania City Council this week agreed to draft legislation to pass on the Toledo water rate increases through 2016 to its 5,900 water customers. At that point the administration will further review the rate increases.

Sylvania Service Director Kevin Aller explained that a typical bill based on average household usage of 7,500 gallons of water a month in 2014, would be $44.69 for city residents and $55.87 for the township resident who get water through Sylvania. Currently, those average bills are $41.33 a month for a city resident, and $51.68 for a township resident.

The council is expected to vote on the legislation on Dec. 2.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or ntrusso@theblade.com, or on Twitter @natalietrusso. 

 



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