Greencastle increases sewer rate for Antrim service

JOYCE F. NOWELL, Echo Pilot

On the heels of an increase in sewer rates for borough residents, Greencastle officials are upping the charge to Antrim Township for sewer service.

The Greencastle Borough Council voted unanimously Monday evening to approve the rate increase from $5.06 per 1,000 gallons to $5.44 per 1,000 gallons charged to Antrim Township for sewage treatment services. The new rate will be effective with the billing cycle on June 30.

The action followed one by the borough council last month which hiked the rate for Greencastle customers by 7.5 percent, moving the charge from $6.00 per 1,000 gallons to $6.45 per 1,000 gallons. The 1990 agreement in which Greencastle conducts sewage treatment for Antrim customers allows the borough to increase the rate to the township with a corresponding hike on its own customers.

Borough officials said the township does not currently reach the minimum 20,000 gallons per day, so the municipality is charged approximately $9,108 per quarter. The rate increase will put that charge at around $9,792 per quarter.

The increase in the township rate will mean an increase of $6,504.34 in revenue to the borough.

Other business

In other business during its regular monthly meeting, the borough council made the following appointments to Greencastle’s board and commissions: Wayne A. Warren, Shade Tree Commission, five years through Dec. 31, 2017; J. Edgar Wine, Planning Commission, four years, Dec. 31, 2016; Michele K. Emmett, Zoning Hearing Board, three years, Dec. 31, 2015; Robert M. Miller, Water Authority, two years, Dec. 31, 2014; John Easton, Vacancy Board, one year, Dec. 31, 2013.

Ben Thomas Jr. was appointed as the borough representative on the Franklin County Emergency Services Alliance and Craig Myers was appointed as alternate.

The council agreed to have the Franklin County Area Tax Board collect the recently enacted Local Services Tax from individuals employed in the borough. Those who work in the borough will now be taxed $52 annually under the levy.