“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.”
Councilman Read Murphy announced to the council Tuesday night that the borough’s sewer rate is increasing by 23 percent. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
The Sea Bright Borough Council was anticipating a four- or five-percent increase in this year’s sewer bill. Turns out they should’ve multiplied that estimate by four or five.
Councilman Read Murphy reported at Tuesday night’s meeting that the borough had just received a letter from The Two Rivers Water Reclamation Authority stating that the municipal sewer bill would increase by 23 percent for the year.
“It’s unconscionable, but it’s also the most inexplicable,” Murphy said.”That’s a heck of an increase.”