The average Greenfield family that uses 5,000 gallons of water a month will pay an additional $7.01 under the proposal for a 26.7 percent rate hike. Of that, $2.50 would pay off the debt for the Potts Ditch project; $2.37 would go toward general operations and maintenance, including personnel, chemicals, materials and supplies; and $2.14 would go toward depreciation of city infrastructure, both old infrastructure and the new tunnels that will be placed at Potts Ditch.
GREENFIELD — The Greenfield City Council will decide next week whether to raise the utility bills of the average Greenfield family by $7 a month.
But is the 27.6 percent wastewater rate hike justified, or is it just flushing money away?
Most city council members say they’re ready to vote next Wednesday in favor of the rate increase that will pay for the reconstruction of Potts Ditch through downtown Greenfield and general operating expenses. While breaking down the numbers can be tricky, city officials say even if it weren’t for the pricey construction project to alleviate flooding in downtown Greenfield, rates would have to rise to pay for general upkeep of the city’s aging infrastructure.