LETTER: Clarifying Dover Twp. water budget
As the Dover Township supervisor liaison to the Water Department, it is part of my duties to meet with the water crew chief, the treasurer and the township manager before taking the proposed water budget to the board for its five member approval.
The 2016 budget proposed for the water department did have a 10 percent total revenue increase. This increase was not a flat 10 percent increase for all users, as Matt Menges, fellow Dover Board member, previously wrote in a letter published Oct. 6.
What it was was a balanced budget, which did not require any of the major improvements to come out of the water capital reserve fund. These are planned improvements, not emergency breaks, not construction accidents (both of which have happened in Dover in the last few years). This was the regular operating budget and the projects that are currently on the schedule for 2016. Before we left that budget meeting, over $70,000.00 had been removed from it.
This budget increase would affect approximately 73 percent of the water customers within Dover Township. These 73 percent are the residents who use more than 6,000 gallons of water per quarter. That fee would increase from the current $5.14 per 1,000 gallons, to $5.90 per 1,000 gallons. The increase is 76 cents for every 1,000 gallons of water used over 6,000 gallons per quarter.
Now, I don't bring home an attorney's salary, but I think I can find three quarters and a penny somewhere in my household, every three months, but to be perfectly honest here, I live in the rural area of Dover Township. I have a well. This water cost increase will not affect me personally. I will, however, stand behind my decision, all the way to the election.