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Posted on: July 4, 2021

[ARCHIVED] The Sewer Numbers – Part 2

The Sewer Numbers – Part 2

From Supervisor Flaherty:

What are the "KEY numbers" to consider on Village and Town Sewers... past, present, and future?


It is a combination of two things; 


  1. Capital cost net of grants that will end up being debt to the municipality, and 


  2. The annual cost on a citizen or business owner tax bill for the sewer system. 


This "annual cost to citizen or businesses" to be on the sewer system uses a metric called an Equivalent Dwelling Unit (EDU). 

One EDU equals approx. 60,000 gallons of flow a year. Residents are charged a flat rate EDU and businesses are charged a variable $$$ per 1,000 gallons of flow. As such, a residence, regardless of whether you flush your toilet 1 time a day or 20 times a day at your home, you will have that flat EDU rate annually. 


This makes estimating "residential" revenue to the system easy.  However, at a business, since the flow is monitored and billed, if the business has 2 times the flow of another business, they will be charged 2 times as much in that year by the Village or Town. EDU rates are set annually by municipality governance and take into account several variables including current fund balance/reserve levels, new debt taken on via bonding, and anticipated costs to run the plant/treatment and the collection systems. Below are the last 5 years of EDU rates at Village and Town:



2021 EDU charge converted to Tax rate per $1,000 on average assessed value of home in the municipality:


Village: Average assessed value $118,000. EDU charge of $195 equates to $1.65 per $1000


Town: Average assessed Value $176,000. EDU charge of $192 equates to $1.09 per $1000


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