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A Taxing Proposal

October 6, 2005

On October 17, 2005, during the regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting, there will be a public hearing to discuss a new proposed local law that seeks to establish sanitary sewer rents for a lot, plot or parcel of land, including any building or structure within the Village of Croton-on-Hudson.

The proposed law would require Village property owners, those using the Sanitary Sewer System, or any part thereof, to pay sanitary sewer rents.

Those payments would be placed in a fund to cover future costs of operating, maintaining, repairing, and replacing the Sanitary Sewer System. All revenues generated from sanitary sewer rents, including penalties would be kept in a separate bank account to be denominated as the “Sewer Rent Fund.”

Croton’s Sanitary Sewer System consists of all sewer pipes and other appurtenances that are used or useful in whole or in part, in connection with the collection, treatment, or disposal of sewage, industrial waste, and other wastes, that are owned, operated or maintained by the Village of Croton-on-Hudson and that connect to the Ossining Sanitary Sewage Treatment Facility or are within the Ossining Sanitary Sewage District.

Additionally, the proposed law would ensure a proportional distribution of operation and maintenance costs, and uses the sewer rents as the principal source of revenue for the operation and maintenance of the Sanitary Sewer System.

Application of Proposed Sewer Rents

Sewer rents would be determined in April of each year as the Village of Croton-on-Hudson evaluates the total annual costs of operation and maintenance of the Sanitary Sewer System, necessary to maintain the capacity and performance during the life of the Sanitary Sewer System for which such works were designed and constructed.

Those total annual costs of operation and maintenance might include, but need not be limited to, labor, repairs, replacement, equipment replacement, maintenance, necessary modifications, power, sampling, laboratory tests and a reasonable contingency fund. This determination of costs could serve as the basis for the calculation of rents.

  • All sanitary sewer rents and penalties would be established by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson by resolution approved after a public hearing held on at least five days notice.
  • For premises that use Village water and are within or using the Sanitary Sewer System, the sewer rent shall be calculated as a certain percentage of the Village water bill for those premises. The percentage to be applied shall be the percentage of the Village’s total water bills that the annual costs of operation and maintenance of the Sanitary Sewer System represent.
  • For those premises that do not use Village water but are connected to or served by the Sanitary Sewer System, the sewer rent shall be a flat fee based upon the volume of water measured by meter at comparable premises or, if there are no comparable premises, upon such other equitable method as the Village deems appropriate.

This Local Law, (Introductory No. 1 of 2005) if enacted, shall become effective December 1, 2005.

Source for article: Introductory No. 1 of 2005


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