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Newtown Township Sewer Rates are Going UP

Another township meeting, another increase in costs for residents of Newtown Township.

Newtown's Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed last night to another cost increase for residents of Newtown Township.  This increase is for those residents who are serviced by public sewers.  Last year's rates for SR2 which are homes serviced by the Radnor-Haverford-Marple Sewer Authority were $4.35 per 1,000 gallons of water usage; $243 for the well rate; and $25 for a sewer certification. This year's rates for SR2 have been increased to $4.70 per 1000 gallons of water usage(increased by 35 cents), $260 for the well rates; and $25 for a sewer certification. 

Last year the rates in the SR-3 Sewer District which are those homes that are serviced by the Central Delaware County Authority as well as those homes that utilize the Springton Pointe Wastewater Treatment plant were as follows: $5.50 per 1,000 gallons of water usage; $273 for the well rate; and $25 for a sewer certification. This year’s rate goes up to $6.05(increased by 55 cents) per 1000 gallons; $300 for the well rate and $25 for a sewer certification.

This means that if you use approximately 250 gallons per day, last year in SR-3, you were charged $501.88.  This year your bill will be $552.06.

In what could be a bit of a bright spot but was confusing to me as presented, the Supervisors voted unanimously to advertise an ordinance which would allow residents to install a second water meter on their properties which could be used to measure water that is not going into the sewer system.  For example, this could be water used to fill a pool or water used for irrigation.  Since sewer rent is based on water usage, the ordinance proposes to allow those with a second meter to reduce their sewer rent by the water usage tracked by the second meter.

Apparently, though, both SAP and Terrazza have previously had their sewer bills reduced because of water uses not related to sewers. This means,even if the Supervisors wait to enact this ordinance, those homeowners serviced by public sewers that utilize irrigation and/or have a swimming pool are also encouraged to ask for the same treatment as these commercial entities.  They should ask that the township reduce their bills for their water usage not related to sewers.  

You can add these increases to the all the increase brought to you by your locally elected official this year including: your county tax which was increased by 2.8 percent, your township taxes which had a 2.9 percent increase and the proposed 3.75 percent increase in your school taxes. 

In addition to adding to residents expenses last night, Supervisors voted to advertise an amendment to the township's zoning ordinance to change the zoning for some areas of the township. 

Even though there was a room filled with residents and even though many of those residents offered public comment which asked the Supervisors to reconsider this amendment, the Supervisors unanimously voted to advertise a hearing to consider changing zoning in specific areas of the township.  

In his discussion of why Supervisor Catania was looking to change zoning on a specific area of West Chester Pike from its current residential zoning to a CR zoning(commercial residential), Mr. Catania offered that he was not worried about those who live here now.

If Mr. Catania and all the Supervisors who voted last night on these issues are not worried about those who live here now, who are they worried about?  And even though the Supervisors offered explanations for the increased costs and what seems to me to be spot changes to zoning, it makes me wonder, who are the Newtown Supervisors and other elected County and School Board members worried about?  It sure doesn't seem to be the residents.

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Mr. Mcausland February 27, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Maybe the chairman needs the sewer increase for his girl Denise Z, and the Harrah's casino gambling debts. He is a premier member at two major casinos!
Ann H February 27, 2013 at 11:17 PM
Keep up the good work Patti. You keep our community in touch with what is really happening in this town. Residents better beware and speak their minds at the meetings. This is OUR TOWN. Be careful of who you vote for this spring. We want people who CARE about this town and it's residents.
Anonymous March 01, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Patti - you are stirring the pot. Your facts are wrong. Many residents saw a sewer rate reduction due to the boards actions. That is a fact. Look a little harder at the facts before you spread nonsense. Would you like those facts before you put it in writing for all the world to see?? Communicating like this is unprofessional. You say these things in a public forumn to incite people. L. Ferguson and JC take it at face value and Mr. Mcausland attacks a BOS member???? This is disgusting and ridiculous, if I were you I would be embarassed. This is not something that I would like to be associated with..... Patti this is your creation.
Patti Wilson March 01, 2013 at 09:53 PM
The information provided in my post is not wrong. Sewer Rates are going up in Newtown. For residents that want to invest in a second meter, over time they may recoup the cost of installing the meter as they won't be charged based on water not going into the system and they may see some savings. I am not inciting people, rather, I am providing information. I do appear to have one inaccurate fact here, and that is, George Wood voted no to the advertisement of the CR zoning amendment. And, I am not embarassed. I'm happy to provide the information to residents which the Supervisors could choose to provide by televising public meetings.
Ann H March 02, 2013 at 02:20 PM
They won't televise because then comments like the one made by Mr. Catania stating that he does not care about the current residents he is worried about those who will be here 20 years from now. I think the residents with the most longevity in this town should come first and foremost. They are the ones who have been paying taxes in this town long before Mr. Gillin, Mr. Catania and their "Yes Men" came along.

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