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Water Pollution Control Authority Raises Rates

The volunteer-run utility raised its rate to $10.52 per 1,000 gallons in December.

The Water Pollution Control Authority approved a rate increase in December from $9.93 to $10.52 per 1,000 gallons, according to the WPCA minutes on the town website.

The rate combines the WPCA fee of $4.24 with the Town of Vernon municipal sewer cost, since Tolland waste is processed through the neighboring town's system.

Chairperson Jim Williams said that the volunteer-run utility hasn't raised rates for before during his time on the commission in the last three years.

"We worked especially hard to not have a rate increase," he said. "We understand the economic impact it has on families."

The increase will build up the utility's reserve account, Williams said. Due to a misunderstanding, the WPCA thought money for operating and infrastructure costs was available in the account, until the town's new financial director Lisa Hancock informed them that the fund was tied up in financing a recent pipeline extension up Route 195.

"In my estimation, we're going to be in a pretty stable spot now," Williams added.

The Route 195 pipeline from Rhodes Road to Anthony Road was finished up about a year ago, according to Williams. Only a few customers have hooked into the line, but Williams said he is optimistic that more customers will be added as the area develops economically.

The WPCA has 86 customers and is also responsible for protecting Tolland's water supply. For more information on recent WPCA funding issues, check out Tolland Patch's coverage of the utility's recent conversation with the town council.

Emily January 02, 2013 at 05:57 PM
First mail of the new year and right on time Sewer Use Bill. Increase Of Course !!!! Tolland never lets an opportunity go by where they don't increase prices with no value added. This is what happens when the fox is watching the hen house. In other words...Democrats are left in charge. I have no idea what keeps me in this town other than heritage. It not the schools or the services. Its not the night sky blotted out by all my neighbors flood lights. Its not public safety. It surely isn't the increase in property values that have steadily fallen over the past decade.
Jim G. January 02, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Well, I guess you could just keep all your... sewage.
Josh Freeman January 02, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Emily, This has nothing to do with any political party in charge and their supposed intentions (Tolland has an R majority anyway - If that did matter, which it doesn't for this issue). The increase has to do with being able to maintain the 10 miles of sewers and 4 pump houses with only 86 customers supporting the system and no revenue increases over the last few years. The WPCA, a volunteer commission of town residents, worked hard to limit the increase. They understand the impact to customers and also understand that the system needs are great. They held public hearings where feedback on the increases were welcomed (read the referenced links if you wish). You can decide for yourself whether you are getting anything out of living in Tolland. I won't debate that. I just want to set the record straight that this is not a political decision that resulted in a rate hike. Regards, Josh
A Tolland Resident January 03, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Emily, I agree this is just another way for Tolland to suck a few more dollars out of our wallets! See with the cost of water also being raised you now have to pay Tolland for water coming in and going out. They get you coming and going, no pun intended.

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