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Algonquin votes to eliminate water and sewer rate increase

Algonquin’s Village Board voted on Tuesday to eliminate a 14% water and sewer rate increase originally scheduled for November.

Under the now-nixed increase, combined water and sewer rates were scheduled to increase to $15.26 per 1,000 gallons of consumption from $13.35 per 1,000 gallons. 

The decision to cancel the increase was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a way of assisting residential and business customers who have been impacted economically during this time, according to a news release. 

“It’s important to the Village Board that we support the many Algonquin residents and businesses who have suffered during the pandemic,” acting Village President Debby Sosine said in a statement. “It is our hope that this action, along with decreasing our property tax rate over the past four years, demonstrates a good value for the village services provided to our community.”

The reduction is being partially offset by impact fees from recent residential and commercial developments, along with a new state grant designated for improvements to the wastewater treatment facility, according to the release.

“Maintaining safe drinking water and environmentally sound sewer services is one of the most important responsibilities of the Village,” the village said in the news release. “Residents are assured that the Village will continue to provide this fundamental public health service in a financially sustainable manner.”

For more information on water and sewer services in Algonquin, residents can go to www.algonquin.org/billing.

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