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Water, sewer rate increases to come before council again

A mistake was made in a motion on March 3 to adopt a proposed water and sewer rate increase, rendering Middletown Borough Council’s vote and a subsequent veto by Mayor James H. Curry III moot, according to council President Christopher McNamara. 

The motion to raise sewer rates – the average residential rate would go from $43 to $68 a month – and water rates slightly instead should have been to advertise the proposed increases for a future council meeting in April, McNamara said.

 

“In regards to the meeting of March 3, there was some confusion at the onset of the meeting and I’ll take responsibility as chairman of the board,” McNamara said at council’s meeting on  Monday, March 17. “In regards to the water and sewer rate study and the increase, the motion should have been for advertisement rather than adoption.”

 

A new motion to advertise the proposed rate increases was approved by a 7-2 vote, with councilors Benjamin Kapenstein and Anne Einhorn opposing.