No rate hikes in 2014 budget
The Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority adopted its 2014 budget Wednesday evening, with customers seeing no rate increases, and Beaver Lake customers receiving a slight rate reduction.
The Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority’s regional water system has a $46,000 budget deficit as the authority was conservative in revenue projections and only counted known revenue, Executive Director Christine Weigle said.
Despite that deficit, the authority is not proposing rate increases for its water system customers in Fairfield and Muncy townships at this time as there is a possibility of substantial customer-base increases in the Lycoming Mall Drive growth corridor, she said.
However, “If that development doesn’t occur, we may need to take action mid-year if the customer base doesn’t increase,” as the charge and thus revenues for water are consumptive based, Weigle said.
These metered water customers will pay the same consumptive rate of $7.28 per thousand gallons, along with a metered fixed customer charge based on meter size. The common residential meter size fixed charge is the same at $9.53 if billed monthly or $28.60 if billed quarterly.
The water system’s total operating revenue is projected at $796,271; total operating expenses at $400,115; revenue from operations at $396,156; treatment expenses at $93,908 and distribution expenses at $22,566; revenue from all operational expenses at $279,683; and capital improvement funds and other expenses at $325,764.
The Beaver Lake Sewer System customers with on-lot structures will see a $2 rate decrease from $133 a month to $131 per equivalent dwelling unit, she said. The monthly rate for a lot with no structures also dropped from $41 to $40.
This reduction is a result of debt relief from Penn Township of $40,000 and matching funds from Lycoming County from natural gas drilling impact funds, along with operation efficiencies gained through shared services.
The Beaver Lake Sewer System budget has a surplus of $1. Its projected total operating revenue is $120,184; its total operating expenses at $125,260; its revenue from operations at – $5,076; its total other revenue at $123,879; and its capital improvement funds and other expenses at $118,802.
Additionally, the authority approved a new 3 percent discount for Beaver Lake customers who prepay 12 months in advance with payment received by Jan. 20. Past due balances must be paid in full before a customer can take advantage of this discount. This discount has already been in effect for both Montoursville Regional Sewer System and Armstrong Sewer System.
The authority will hold sewer rates with no rate increases for the Montoursville Regional Sewer System and Armstrong Sewer System at $60 per month per equivalent dwelling unit for its customer base in Armstrong, Montoursville Borough, Fairfield, Muncy and a portion of Muncy Creek townships.
Montoursville Regional Sewer System’s budget has a surplus of $4,400. Total operating revenue is projected at about $3.1 million; total operating expenses at $381,659; treatment expenses at $650,973 and collections expenses at $314,610; revenue from operations at almost $1.8 million; total other revenue at $176,566; and capital improvement funds and other expenses at about $1.9 million.
Armstrong Sewer System’s budget has a surplus of $3. Total operating revenue is projected at $68,920; total operating expenses are projected at $52,599; revenue from operations at $16,322; and total other expenses at $16,319.
Rates are set according to service territory, not one overarching rate, Weigle noted.