City faces opposition, amends sewer rate ordinance

TORRINGTON – After an extended discussion, the Torrington City Council approved an amended first reading of an ordinance relating to an increase in sewer fees Tuesday evening. Ultimately, the city passed an initial draft, 4-to-1, tentatively committing users to a 15-percent increase in sewer costs for 2018, but not an additional 15-percent hike in 2019 and 2020.

“The sewer increase is more significant than the water increase,” City Clerk-Treasurer Lynette Strecker said at the meeting upon presentation of the original draft. “The base (sewer) rate is proposed to go up $9.38, and the unit charge goes from $251 to $289 during the first phase (during 2018), and two other phases for a 15-percent increase (per phase). The average increase for customers is about 45 percent for all of the classes (through 2020).”

See Friday's Torrington Telegram for the full article.

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