In Geneva, storm water rates cut, but other fees will rise

    Geneva Town Council accepted the introduction of five new village ordinances and passed the 2014 approved budget ordinance at Tuesday night’s monthly meeting.
    The total advertised budget for the 2014 fiscal year, presented by Clerk/Treasurer Bill Warren, is estimated at $747,198, with anticipated net revenues of $621,000. Warren cryptically noted that “we’re not going to spend more than we take in, so we’re not going to have close the government down.” There were no comments from the public during the open portion of public hearing on the budget, and the new budget passed unanimously.
    The majority of the evening was spent with Warren updating council on various aspects of projects and improvements in and around the village, and discussion surrounding the five ordinances introduced to council and passed on to further readings. The ordinances addressed issues pertaining to new rates for trash service, storm water, wastewater and water utility rates, and rule changes for the connection and disconnection of water meters.
    Warren recommended the reduction of storm water rates from $4.50 per month to $3 per month for residential users, representing a 33.3 percent reduction to village residents. Commercial users, schools and industries within the village limits would also see the same percentage reduction. Council accepted the introduction of the new ordinance.
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