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Water rates may increase

PORT HENRY - A committee has been appointed by the village of Port Henry board of trustees to review the current water rates.

The current water rates do not cover the operating costs of the water department, according to village officials. There is a significant shortfall between the revenue received and the cost to produce and distribute water.

The committee has concluded that a rate increase is necessary.

Any proposed future rate increases will be for water only and will not impact the sewer portion of bills.

Once the review process is complete, the village board and water committee will hold a special meeting to inform the public of any and all proposed water rate increases and changes, as well as the projected impacts on consumers.

The committee is also currently working on amending Local Law No. 1 of 1975, the village water law. A public hearing will be held before adoption of the new law.

The anticipated water rate increases are expected to be in place for the November 2011 billing.

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