The Greenport Village Board is set to approve a five percent sewer rate increase, as suggested by a study undertaken by utilities director Jack Naylor.
Last month several residents complained that they did not think a rate increase was necessary. Former utilities director and village trustee Bill Swiskey led the opposition, arguing that the sewer fund has a surplus of about $750,000 that could be put to use to pay for repairs to the sewer collection system.
The increase will provide funding for immediate work and then funding needs to be set aside every year for ongoing maintenance, Mayor David Nyce said. But others on the board may only support the hike with the provision that future hikes be reexamined at least every two years instead of kicking in automatically.
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