SEWER RATES STING; PARKING PERMITS A GO

maria-fernandesMayor Maria Fernandes at Tuesday night’s Borough Council meeting. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Sea Bright and Two Rivers Water Reclamation Authority officials met recently to discuss the reasons for a 23-percent increase to the town’s yearly sewer bill, but the Borough Council still isn’t satisfied and intends to look deeper into why they’ve gotten hit so hard.

“I think we should press the issue,” Councilman Read Murphy said.

Nobody on the council seemed anything less than peeved about the increase, which would push annual sewerage costs from $500,000 to nearly $600,000. The council resolved to have the borough’s auditor review the rate increase. Additionally, officials will investigate whether there are leaks and/or broken pipes in its sewer system.

Mayor Maria Fernandes seemed especially ticked by the spike, saying that since Sea Bright paid into past facility upgrades and litigation for the authority, something should be coming back to the borough, especially since the authority recently settled an $11.5 million lawsuit.

“Where’s our amount? Where’s our money?” she asked. “We should get something back.”

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