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Why is my quarterly water bill higher in Camillus? The Real Deal

Some residents in the town of Camillus have noticed that their quarterly water bill was quite a bit higher when they opened it and they want to know why.
Camillus (WSYR-TV) – Some residents in the town of Camillus have noticed that their quarterly water bill was quite a bit higher when they opened it and they want to know why.

At the beginning of the year, the Onondaga County Water Authority took over operation and maintenance of the town’s water district.

Mike Hooker at OCWA said that Camillus’ last bill accounted only for use through mid-December, so the service period for the latest bill is about two weeks longer than it would otherwise be.

In addition, OCWA says the town used to add some of the cost of operating the water system to its tax bill. The authority can’t do that, so its rates reflect the complete cost of operations.

Finally, OCWA is undertaking a $3.5-$4 million capital improvement project to rehabilitate Camillus’ pump stations and tanks over the next five years.

While the cost is shared across tens of thousands of customers countywide, it will add a little to the water bill each quarter.

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