Ordinance 2016-27: Amend Ordinance on Water Rates

ORDINANCE NO. 2016-27

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2014-21 AUTHORIZING

THE CHANGE OF WATER RATES FOR THE VILLAGE OF ANTWERP,

COUNTY OF PAULDING, OHIO

 

WHEREAS, the Council of the Village of Antwerp, Ohio, passed Ordinance No. 2014-21 after three readings authorizing the change of water rates for the Village of Antwerp, County of Paulding, Ohio, setting the water rates for the years 2015, 2016, and 2017; and

 

WHEREAS, in Section 1 of Ordinance No. 2014-21, Council provided that rate increases would be reviewed annually to determine whether the increases established in this Ordinance for the years 2015, 2016, and 2017, would be sufficient; and

 

WHEREAS, the Council of the Village of Antwerp, Ohio, has determined the funds derived from the rates established for 2017 would not provide sufficient funds to support the operation of this utility;

 

WHEREAS, the Council has determined that Ordinance No. 2014-21 needs amended to increase water rates effective January 1, 2017, specifically to increase the minimum charge for each tap and to establish water rates for treated bulk hydrant water.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Council of the Village of Antwerp, County of Paulding, State of Ohio:

 

Section 1.  That Ordinance No. 2014-21 is amended to read as follows:

 

WHEREAS, it has come to the attention of the Council of the Village of Antwerp, Ohio that additional revenue is needed in the water fund in order to operate this utility adequately, expand facilities, and provide better and more efficient service in the future; and

 

WHEREAS, the Council of the Village of Antwerp, Ohio, has determined it to be in the best interest of the Village to increase water rates effective January 1, 2015, as well as water rates effective January 1, 2016, and January 1, 2017.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Council of the Village of Antwerp, County of Paulding, State of Ohio:

 

Section 1. Water rates shall be increased 5% effective January 1, 2015.  An increase of 5% shall also be implemented on January 1, 2016, and January 1, 2017, which rate increases will be reviewed annually to determine whether the increases established herein are sufficient. The minimum charge for each tap will be increased effective January 1, 2017, as well as the establishment of water rates for treated bulk hydrant water.

 

Section 2.  The quarterly water rates for users/consumers within the Village corporation limits effective January 1, 2015, January 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017, will be as follows:

 

January 1, 2015 $19.16 minimum charge for each tap plus $4.82 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons of all water used
January 1, 2016 $19.16 minimum charge for each tap plus $5.06 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons of all water used
January 1, 2017 $30.00 minimum charge for each tap plus $5.31 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons of all water used

 

Quarterly water rates effective January 1, 2015, January 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017, for those users/consumers within the Village corporation limits who qualify for the homestead tax exemption will be as follows:

 

 

January 1, 2015 $15.24 minimum charge for each tap plus $2.85 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons of all water used
January 1, 2016 $15.24 minimum charge for each tap plus $2.99 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons of all water used
January 1, 2017 $20.00 minimum charge for each tap plus $3.14 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons of all water used

 

The user/consumer claiming the homestead tax exemption must provide proof to the Village Administrator that the user/consumer qualifies for this tax exemption in order to receive the reduced water rates.

 

Section 3.  The minimum water rate provided above will be charged for each occupied unit in a multiple unit dwelling.  Multiple unit dwellings include apartment complexes, mobile home trailers, and any other living community containing more than one residential unit, which will be collectively referred to herein as “Multiple Unit Dwelling”.

 

Section 4.  Untreated bulk well water may be purchased at the waterworks facility located in the Village of Antwerp.  The purchaser of said water shall sign their name and the number of gallons of water pumped on the clipboard provided for that purpose located at the waterworks facility. Each purchaser shall be billed once each year on the first day (1st) day of November, and the water bill for the purchase of bulk water is due and payable on or before the fifteenth (15th) day of November of that same year.  The purchase price of untreated bulk well water at the waterworks facility effective January 1, 2015, January 1, 2016, and January 1, 2017, will be as follows:

 

January 1, 2015 $4.94 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons
January 1, 2016 $5.19 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons
January 1, 2017 $5.44 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons

 

Section 5.  Treated bulk hydrant water may be purchased at the waterworks facility located in the Village of Antwerp.  The purchase price of said water effective January 1, 2017, will be as follows: $8.00 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons.  The purchaser of said water shall contact the water department and provide their name and the number of gallons of water pumped. Each purchaser shall then be billed for the water purchased, and the water bill for the purchase of treated bulk hydrant water is due and payable fifteen (15) days from the date of the invoice.

 

Section 6.  The quarterly water rates effective January 1, 2015, January 1, 2016, and January 1, 2017, for users/consumers of water outside of the Village corporation limits will be as follows:

 

January 1, 2015 $33.52 minimum charge for each tap plus $8.43 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons of all water used
January 1, 2016 $33.52 minimum charge for each tap plus $8.85 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons of all water used
January 1, 2017 $40.00 minimum charge for each tap plus $9.30 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons of all water used

 

Quarterly water rates effective January 1, 2015, January 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017, for those users/consumers outside of the Village corporation limits who qualify for the homestead tax exemption will be as follows:

 

January 1, 2015 $26.67 minimum charge for each tap plus $4.99 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons of all water used
January 1, 2016 $26.67 minimum charge for each tap plus $5.23 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons of all water used
January 1, 2017 $30.00 minimum charge for each tap plus $5.50 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons of all water used

 

The user/consumer claiming the homestead tax exemption must provide proof to the Village Administrator that the user/consumer qualifies for this tax exemption in order to receive the reduced water rates.

 

Section 7.  In the event that water service is disconnected to any user/consumer, water service shall not be restored until all past due accounts, late charges, a $35.00 service fee and any other applicable fees are paid to the Village for the water service to be reconnected.  When a building is vacated and the owner/occupant of said building notifies the Village to discontinue water service to the building, the property owner must do either of the following: 1) have the water meter removed, the water service disconnected, and a fee of $35.00 is hereby established to reinstall the meter and reconnect the water service; or 2) have the water disconnected at the water meter, leave the water meter in place, and pay the quarterly minimum charge for each tap.

 

Section 8.  The tapping fee for a ¾ inch waterline will be $750.00 per tap.  In the event a road cut is necessary or the tap must be pushed under a street, alley or highway, the tapping fee will be $950.00 per tap. The tapping fee for a ¾ inch waterline will be $750.00 per tap, which includes a ¾ inch meter and meter setter.  If the waterline requirements are greater than ¾ inch, any additional costs for the installation and/or connection of the same will be at the sole expense of the user/consumer.  In the event a boring is required to connect to the Village’s waterline, the tap fee will be $1,350.00 per tap.  The user/consumer will be solely responsible for any and all additional expenses related to the connection to the Village’s waterline, including but not limited to tapping saddle, piping to connect to the Village’s waterline, backfill, and road repairs caused by any digging and/or boring activities.

 

Section 9.  Each occupied unit within a Multiple Unit Dwelling shall pay the minimum water charge provided herein.  In the event that water usage is greater than the total of the minimum usage billed to each unit (to be determined by the meter at the Multiple Unit Dwelling), the overage shall be charged to the owner of said Multiple Unit Dwelling.  The owner of each Multiple Unit Dwelling shall certify to the Village Administrator the number of occupied units within the Multiple Unit Dwelling and shall promptly notify the Village Administrator of any change in the number of occupied units within the Multiple Unit Dwelling.  The Village Administrator may independently verify the number of occupied units within the Multiple Unit Dwelling as certified by the owner.

 

Section 10.  The amounts to be charged and paid by industrial users/consumers of water utility services in the Village of Antwerp are established by the contracts in effect for each industrial user/consumer.

 

Section 11. Previous Ordinances and/or any provisions thereof and rules of the Village of Antwerp that are not consistent with this Ordinance are hereby set aside, revoked, and held for naught.

 

Section 12.  It is found and determined that all formal actions of the Council concerning and relating to the passage of this Ordinance were adopted in open meetings of this Council, and that all deliberations of the Council and of any of its committees that resulted in such formal action, were in meetings open to the public, in compliance with all legal requirements including all lawful ordinances and any applicable provisions of Section 121.22 of the Ohio Revised Code.

 

Section 13.  This Ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after the earliest period allowed by law.

 

Section 2.  It is found and determined that all formal actions of the Council concerning and relating to the passage of this Ordinance were adopted in open meetings of this Council, and that all deliberations of the Council and of any of its committees that resulted in such formal action, were in meetings open to the public, in compliance with all legal requirements including all lawful ordinances and any applicable provisions of Section 121.22 of the Ohio Revised Code.

 

Section 3.  This Ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after the earliest period allowed by law.

 

Enacted this _____ day of ______________, 2016.

 

 

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Ray DeLong, Mayor

Attest:

 

_______________________________

Aimee Lichty, Fiscal Officer

 

First reading: ____________________

 

Second reading: __________________

 

Third reading: ___________________