Village absorbing water rate increase

The village of Broadlands is absorbing a water rate increase.
At the January meeting the board voted to not pass on a 20 cent per 1,000 gallons water rate increase from the Embarrass River District to village residents.
Broadlands is charged on 700,000 gallons of use each month. The board discussed present revenue and expenditures.
Presently residents pay $42 for 0-1500 gallons of water usage.
 The rate increases $3 for every additional 500 gallons of usage.
The board voted to absorb the additional costs but will continue to monitor the costs of water services.
This is the third increase the board had absorbed.
The board also discussed how some residents have not paid their outstanding water bills. The board decided to advise residens that lack of payment for previous or present water bills will result in water shut offs.
Also at the meeting, Mayor Matt Buffington reported that a representative from the Office of Labor stopped by and advised the village needs to have an exit sign at the village office and that the fire extinguishers need to be updated.
The village will replace the extinguishers.
Buffington also reported he was approached by a local business that would like to add electronic gaming machines to their business.
 The board discussed this issue.
Trustee Brian Pondenis said he would follow up with the Village of Homer to see how they have handled the regulation of these ventures in their community.

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