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Verona Sewage Fees to Increase

Residents could see an increase of about $2.75 per month.

Verona Borough residents will be paying more in sewage bills beginning next month.

On Tuesday, council unanimously voted to increase sewage fees in an attempt to cover billing costs and to create a revenue fund to repair sewer lines.

In November, officials approved a contract with Oakmont Water Authority to collect current and delinquent sewage bills. A representative with the authority had said in December that Verona's current fees don't cover the billing costs.

The sewage rates will be increasing from $4.32 per thousand gallons to $4.75 per thousand gallons. Fees also will be increasing from $9.07 per quartarly bill to $12.

A homeowner who uses an average of about 12,000 gallons could see an increase of $8.21 per quarter—$2.74 per month.

The increase would generate about $28,000 in revenue for the borough. That money would be set aside for any sewer line repair work—officials currently use money from the general fund to pay for repairs.

"A lot of municipalities have separate funds," said Councilwoman Rhoda Gemellas-Worf. "I thought it was a great idea."

Engineer Larry Seiler said the borough will be responsible for federally mandated sewer repairs in the near future, so it would help to start saving money for that project.

Residents might still see a bill from the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) for November's sewage usage. The first bill distributed by the Oakmont Water Authority is set to go out some time in February.

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