Water Rates Increase Ordinance 2014-21

ORDINANCE NO. 2014-21

 

 

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE CHANGE OF WATER RATES FOR THE VILLAGE OF ANTWERP, COUNTY OF PAULDING, OHIO

 

 

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.

 

Section 2.  The quarterly water rates for users/consumers within the Village corporation limits effective January 1, 2015 will be as follows: a minimum of $19.16 for each tap plus $4.82 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons of all water used.  As to those users/consumers that qualify for the homestead tax exemption, the quarterly water rates will be a minimum of $15.24 for each tap, plus $2.85 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.  The quarterly water rates effective January 1, 2015, January 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017, will be as follows:

 

 

January 1, 2015
$19.16 minimum charge plus $4.82 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons
January 1, 2016
$19.16 minimum charge plus $5.06 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons
January 1, 2017
$19.16 minimum charge plus $5.31 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons
 

Quarterly water rates effective January 1, 2015, January 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017, for those users/consumers qualifying for the homestead tax exemption will be as follows:

 

 

January 1, 2015
$15.24 minimum charge plus $2.85 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons
January 1, 2016
$15.24 minimum charge plus $2.99 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons
January 1, 2017
$15.24 minimum charge plus $3.14 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons
 

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.  Water may be purchased at the waterworks facility located in the Village of Antwerp.  The purchase price of said water effective January 1, 2015, will be as follows: $4.94 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons.  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 water rates effective January 1, 2015, January 1, 2016, and January 1, 2017, for the purchase of bulk water, 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.  User/consumers of water outside of the Village corporation limits shall pay the same rate as users/consumers identified in Section 2 above plus an additional seventy-five percent (75%) of that rate, which results in the following rates: a minimum of $33.52 for each tap, plus $8.43 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons of all water used, effective January 1, 2015.  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 plus $8.43 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons
January 1, 2016
$33.52 minimum charge plus $8.85 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons
January 1, 2017
$33.52 minimum charge plus $9.30 for each one thousand (1,000) gallons
 

 

Section 6.  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 7.  The tapping fee for a 3/4 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.

 

Section 8.  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 9.  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 10. 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 11.  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 12.  This Ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after the earliest period allowed by law.

 

 

Enacted this _____ day of ______________, 2014.

 

 

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Tom VanVlerah, Mayor

 

 

 

 

Attest:

 

_______________________________

Loretta Baker, Fiscal Officer

 

 

First reading: ____________________

 

Second reading: __________________

 

Third reading: ___________________