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Bloomfield Town Council Considering Raising Commercial Sewage Rates
Updated October 22, 2015 5:15 AM | Filed under: Utilities
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(BLOOMFIELD) - During a special session the Bloomfield Town Council discussed the possibility of raising commercial sewage rates.

The Greene County Daily World reports that the way the commercial rates are structured was through a rate study conducted in 2009. After the rate study was presented to the council, the rates were raised but have remained the same since.

The rates the commercial businesses pay per month are: car wash -- $239, day care facility -- $40, Greene County Corrections -- $405, Greene County Jail -- $640, health care facility -- $773, laundry or laundromat -- $450, Metal Technologies -- $420, Bloomfield Schools -- $2,000, Sleepy Hollow Motel -- $375, and Shawnee Theater -- $125.

Businesses not mentioned in the above categories are charged by the amount of employees they have on staff. For example, for a business which has zero to nine employees the cost is $74 per month, 10-20 employees is $96, 30-80 employees is $181, and 80 and above employees the cost is $533.

One business discussed by the council was Metal Technologies, whose workforce has doubled in size since 2009.

The council decided not to raise residential rates as of this time.

Currently, the citizens who live in-town pay $40 month, and residents who live outside the town limits pay $50.

Bloomfield Clerk-Treasurer Sondra Thompson says if the council planned on changing rates, she wished to change the clause about rental properties.

Currently, the renter is responsible for paying the sewage bill every month.

"I think it would be a good idea if the landowner takes care of the [sewer] bill. It make it easier on my end, so I would not have to track down renters," Thompson added.

Councilman David Harding will be looking into comparing Bloomfield commercial sewer rates with other towns, and will report to the council next meeting.

Frye explained the reason the council is looking into raising rates is due to the addition of new building and the fading infrastructure of the lines, which many have not been updated since the 1960s.

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