2017-05-18 / Front Page

Flushing City Council adopts water, sewer rates

By Sam Tunningley

FLUSHING – At Monday night’s meeting, the Flushing City Council announced new water and sewer rates for residents living in the city.

The City of Flushing’s readiness to serve charge for water and sewer is being lowered $5, meaning residents will go from $80 to $75 per quarter on their water bills and $40 to $35 on sewer bills. The commodity rates, however, increase to $6.05 per 1,000 gallons for water and $5.05 per 1,000 gallons for sewer.

City Manager Brad Barrett said he hopes the city can eventually modify the flat rate fee – which has proven controversial, especially to those being charged for multiple units in a single residential structure - but for now, the city raised the commodity rate after requests to lower the readiness to serve fee.

“Due to feedback from residents over the past year, there was a conscience effort by city administration to reduce the readiness to serve fee. As a result, the commodity fee becomes responsible for a higher percentage of the total revenues needed to cover the expenses associated with the city’s water and sewer systems,” said Barrett.

The rates are effective July 1, 2017, and will first appear on the bill of city residents in the month of October 2017.

To view the official resolutions, which include the sewer base fees, visit the City of Flushing’s official website.

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