T he village board of trustees established and approved a new water fee schedule for services rendered by the village and unpaid water bills at last week’s board meeting.
The new fees, especially as they pertain to unpaid water bills, are more strict than previous fees and meant to compel users to pay their bills on time.
For unpaid bills, any user outside the village will have a 5 percent charge applied after the due date; bills delinquent after 30 days will be charged an additional 2 percent charge each month and the user will be sent a 60-day notice that their water will be disconnected if they don’t pay their bill and all related penalties.
If the bill is still not paid after 90 days, they will be given 15 days to pay in full, after which point their service will be terminated. In order to have service restored they will need to pay their bill in full and pay a reconnect charge of $1,000.
For unpaid bills within the village, a 5 percent fee will be added after the due date. If the bill remains unpaid it is added to the next quarter’s bill with interest compounded. For each subsequent quarter the bill is late an additional 5 percent will be charged to the bill. After a year, the bill will be relevied onto their village tax bill.
For services rendered by the village, the cost to test a water meter is $50. An illegal hookup charge will cost $100 per month until corrected or inspected. The cost to repair any meter that is tampered with, deliberately broken, or frozen is $100. And if access to premises is denied the user will have the choice to pay a flat rate of $100 per month or have their service disconnected.