Port Chester Residents Will Now Receive Water And Sewer Bill

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Port Chester residents will now pay for water in sewer based on individual use rates.
Port Chester residents will now pay for water in sewer based on individual use rates. Photo Credit: Flickr User Canadianfamily

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- The Village of Port Chester's plan to bill residents separately for the use of water and sewer has been approved by the state Public Services commission.

The plan is being put in place because the village can no longer support the sewer infrastructure using only funds provided by property taxes. All residential, commercial and tax-exempt property owners in the village will receive a separate bill for sewer service that is based on their consumption of water.

“Municipalities in New York and across the nation are increasingly moving to the concept of user fees,”  Village Manager Christopher Steers said in a statement. “These fees allow municipalities to allocate costs more fairly among the various segments of the community that are using the services.”

Village Treasurer Leonie Douglas said the typical taxpayer should see a "modest reduction in the amount paid for sewer service." 

The average household cost for sewer service should be approximately $156 a year, based on the amount of water used.

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The article states, "The plan is being put in place because the village can no longer support the sewer infrastructure using only funds provided by property taxes." Funny how that works. Finally, Port Chester homeowners will finally be getting a break on their property taxes thanks to the fact property values in PC have been tanking for years. But, because property taxes will finally be going down, property owners will now need to pay a new tax to fund sewer infrastructure. The shell game continues.

Oh yeah... don't forget filling the POOL!!!

Based on water usage, so I wash the car, I water the lawn, I get charged for sewer and NONE of it went in the sewer, just another rip off!!