On December 3, the Delhi Township Board of Trustees voted to increase the monthly sewer rates by approximately 4.9%. The rate increase will ensure the Township’s sewage system remains financially stable and well-positioned to make necessary repairs and replace aging assets at the facility.
The Board’s decision to increase rates was consistent with the Township’s asset management program and supported by our professional financial advisor’s independent annual review of the utility’s fiscal capacity and the related sewage rates.
The Board recognizes the seriousness of raising rates and understands that no one likes to pay more for services. However, this increase is necessary to maintain the quality of Township’s sewage services. The Township works hard to manage and implement its’ comprehensive asset management program which allows us to know the condition, replacement schedule and maintenance for every aspect of our sewage system, including its components, and what we need to spend to effectively maintain it.
It’s rare our sewer system experiences serious problems and when there are problems, we are able to act quickly and make necessary repairs or replacements to minimize inconveniences to our residents and businesses.
Making incremental rate increases is fiscally responsible and keeps our sewer system financially stable. Failing to plan for the future of the utility system would not be in the best interest of our community and would not protect the environment or health and safety of our residents. The deterioration of our state roads is a good example of not planning to sufficiently fund infrastructure improvements into the future, which has created a situation where repairs create significant tax increases for residents.