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Good Hope Discusses Water Rate Hike

Feb 17, 2012

The Good Hope village board is talking about raising rates, but not right away.

Board President Todd Danner has started the discussion. He said there is no immediate need for a rate hike but costs are rising. Water rates in Good Hope have not gone up since 2007.

He said, “It's just something we're slowly beginning the ball rolling on this idea. And whether it happens six months from now or next year, we really don't have a set time.”

Danner said the board will have the water system audited to provide a basis for setting future rates.

He said the town is looking at upgrades to the water treatment plant  Chemicals to treat the water keep going up in price. The state now requires the town to test its water quality twice a month  Last year, the state only required the town to have its water tested at a state lab in Springfield. He said the state now requires an additional monthly test from a private lab.

Good Hope currently charges $8 for the first 1,000 gallons of water and $2.77 for each additional 1,000 gallons used.