Projects forcing increase in bills

$6.3 million work for New Palestine facility planned

New Palestine residents might see a $16 increase to their monthly wastewater utility bills as town officials move forward with projects to renovate the facility.

Town officials recently approved preliminary plans to invest $6.3 million in renovations to the wastewater plant and its equipment, citing the need for a bigger facility to meet demand.

Residents currently pay an estimated $48 per month for wastewater utilities in New Palestine. The projects would increase bills to approximately $65.

The town’s wastewater plant is nearing capacity, officials say. Without major changes at the utility plant, the town’s wastewater utility runs the risk of being placed on a sewer ban, town officials said, which would prohibit from adding any new customers.

Town officials said they’re concerned about capacity problems and want to address the wastewater plant problems soon.

Kristy Deer is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3262 or