CHURCH HILL — Surgonsville’s sewer system is at least a year away from going online and it’s already facing its first rate increase.
This past January, Church Hill increased its local user sewer rate from $3.58 to $4.40 per 1,000 gallons. It was the first time in 20 years that Church Hill had increased its sewer rate.
The existing rate agreement for Church Hill to treat sewage from Surgoinsville’s new system is still $3.58, however. That agreement has been in place since 2003.
On Tuesday night, the Church Hill BMA was presented with a proposal bumping Surgoinsville’s rate up to $4.40 as well.
But at the suggestion of Mayor Dennis Deal, the BMA also agreed to amend that proposal to delay implementation of the $4.40 rate until December 2015.
Construction of Surgoinsville’s new sewer system isn’t expected to be completed for at least a year.
Deal estimated that would give Surgoinsville a year of sewer operation before the higher rate kicks in.
“What we will be getting from Surgoinsville is gray water,” Deal told the BMA. “We’re not dealing with tap fees, we’re not dealing with pumps. What this will do is to give Surgoinsville a year of grace period to get their sewer system up and running, and then their rate would go back to the normal rate that we all pay.”
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