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Water Rate Increases Spilling Over in New Lenox

A flat rate for service plus a fee per 1,000 gallons used is proposed.

The cost of water is expected to tap the financial well of New Lenox residents again, since infrastructure improvements in Chicago and Oak Lawn are moving forward.

At the first Committee of the Whole meeting for the Village of New Lenox, route: {:controller=>"listings", :action=>"show", :id=>"village-hall-7"} --> on Monday, highlighted the system. In an attempt to grapple with inevitable increases associated with water department improvement project along with plans to upgrade the

Rob Bulina September 18, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Chicago Ridge village officials made it possible by agreeing, among other things, to calculate Baldermann’s disability pay in part based on vacation time he had accumulated but never used, as well as by giving him a 20 percent raise on his last day on the job before he stepped down as chief in 2010. Now, they want to revisit the generous deal they gave him. Not a chance, says Baldermann.
Born Here September 18, 2012 at 03:30 PM
OMG so much for being an honest hard working person, I wish I could look forward to that. My back hurts too! I never filed WC. I never took advantage of the system, but one thing I do know is each year it breaks my heart to think that I may have to move because of the taxes. Why are you so selfish???? You are suppose to be for the people, not against the people.
Mike Zemaitis September 18, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Water in New Lenox is already extremely expensive. I am pleased the Mayor is looking answers to the proposed water rate hike and I hope he comes up with some remedies. Long term it sure looks like we need to plan some for some better alternatives. 15 percent increases over the next three years is high. On another note with respect to water usage, water is both a "fixed" and "variable" cost for our village. With that said when the homeowners that don't consume 6,000 gallons of water every month should be credited in the months they do use more than 6,000 gallons to the extent of the floor (6,000 Gallons) for the fixed cost portion of water for households. The "real" cost for water annually would then be same to everyone and everyone would then be paying for what they actually use annually. It seems to me the elderly and smaller households are likely paying much more for water annually if they have months that thier usage is below the city "floor" for water billing. That's not fair.
Kyle Williams September 18, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Suddenly, well-water doesn't taste so bad now.
Born Here September 19, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I grew up on well water, I never knew the difference, well except the rust build up. Then you buy a water softener. At least that's a fixed price!

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