Town of East Greenbush not looking forward to sewer rate hikes

EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The East Greenbush town supervisor is calling an upcoming sewer rate hike “painful.”

East Greenbush taxpayers recently learned one of their bills is about to skyrocket.

“We knew a $700,000 a year debt service was coming due this year,” Town Supervisor Jack Conway said.

Conway said the bill is a result of an upgraded water treatment plant the town approved before he took office. The facility was upgraded so it has a larger capacity, but it cost the town around $15.4 million.

Now the town has to pay off the bill over the next 30 years.

“I’m very upset and very angry,” council member Tom Grant said. “You’re talking five years of inaction by government body knowing they had a waste water treatment plant that had to be paid for.”

How high will the sewage bill go?

“Think of a number in your head,” Grant said. “Probably going to be higher than that.”

“This is going to be painful, especially with seniors on fixed incomes,” Conway said.

Conway won’t give an exact number, yet.

“We have some equity,” he said. “We have a tax levy we can use. We are looking at alternative sources. It’s not going to be 70 percent. It’ll be less than that.”

But some East Greenbush homeowners are on his side. They understand the town had no choice.

“Do I wanna pay another $100? No, but you have to do what you have to do,” Peter Partak said.

The percentage increase will be revealed on February 10.

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