The Mayor and Commissioners have released the agenda for the Aug 4, 2010, board meeting, which starts at 7:00 p.m. at the town hall. The recurring subject of increasing the utility rate is on the agenda as ordinance 8-2010 is going to be introduced. Once that draft document is read in public, ratepayers will have an idea of what the new pricing points are going to be for the next four years. Consultants have recommended an increase of 59% in the water rate and 29% for the sewer rate. The political leadership has options related to how they distribute the cost burden, but those are the percentage adjustments that financial consultants say the town must recoup to maintain the financial health of Elkton’s utility system.
For over a half-year now, the matter of establishing the appropriate pricing has been an important public policy consideration on the agenda at town meetings. Here’s the timeline as the mayor and commissioners have mulled this matter over.