July 25, 2014

Town sets rates

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By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

As the town moves toward a new fiscal year, the Selectboard approved a set of town rates on June 17.

The board set the municipal tax rate at 25 cents per $100 of value. The tax rate estimated at Town Meeting in March was 24.38 cents, but voters also approved a bond for a new public works facility. The interest for the bond’s first year is just under 1 cent on the tax rate.

The new tax rate is up 1.77 cents from last year’s rate of 23.23 cents per $100 of property value. That translates to an additional $17.70 per $100,000 of value—similar to last year’s increase.

WATER AND SEWER RATES

The Selectboard approved increases to the water and sewer rates during its Monday night meeting. The rates, recommended by Public Works director Bruce Hoar, are based on budgets approved for both services in January.

The board set the water use rate at $3.75 per 1,000 gallons and the sewer use rate at $6.10 per 1,000 gallons. The new rates will go into effect with the second quarter billing in August 2013.

The board also set the water connection fees at $6.48 per gallon for residential and commercial uses and $3.25 for affordable housing. The board approved sewer connection fees of $7.37 per gallon for residential and commercial and $3.70 per gallon for affordable housing.

The Selectboard approved a sewer allocation rate of $8.50 per gallon—a $1 increase from fiscal year 2013.

The town purchased 50,000 gallons of sewer allocation over a five-year period from Essex Junction in 2011 at a rate of $10 per gallon. The board plans to gradually increase Williston’s sewer rates until they match the rate the town pays Essex for the additional allocation.

AMBULANCE RATES

The board also opted to keep ambulance services the same, as recommended by Fire Chief Ken Morton. It approved rates of $525 for basic life support, $625 for advanced life support and $825 for advanced life support level 2. It also kept the mileage rate of $16 per mile.

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