GREENFIELD — The average family in Greenfield could pay just over $7 per month more for wastewater treatment starting next year.
The Greenfield City Council on Wednesday will have the first reading of an ordinance that would increase wastewater rates by 27.6 percent.
The rate hike is expected to generate roughly an additional $660,000 per year for Greenfield Utilities. Half of that would pay for the rerouting of Potts Ditch through downtown Greenfield. How to address occasional flooding of the underwater tunnel has been publicly debated for years, and now an engineering study outlining a $10 million plan for construction is set to begin next year.
The other half of the increased revenue will pay for general operations and maintenance of the city’s sewer systems, utilities director Mike Fruth said. The last time the city had a wastewater rate increase was in 2008, and Fruth said expenses from treatment to disposal have been on the rise ever since.