Water rates to rise by 3 percent in Worth

  • Written by Sharon L. Filkins

Worth residents will see a three per cent increase in their water rates in 2016, but no increase in the cost of their vehicle sticker fees, due to action taken by the village board at the Tuesday night meeting.

With the water rate increase, residents will see an increase from $7.64 per 1,000 gallons in 2015 to $7.93 per 1,000 gallons in 2016. Business and commercial uses will increase to $7.93 per 1,000 gallons in 2016, from $7.70 in 2015.

Churches, schools and nonprofit institutions will see an increase to $7.34 in 2016, compared to $7.13 in 2015.

Village Clerk Bonnie Price presented the board with a comparative study of water rates in neighboring communities, including Palos Hills, Bridgeview, Burbank, Palos Heights, Chicago Ridge, Crestwood and Hickory Hills. According to the report, Worth was one of four communities, including Chicago Ridge, Crestwood and Hickory Hills, with the lowest water rates.

“We do not charge a minimum use rate,” said Worth Mayor Mary Werner. “We have many seniors in our village who do not use even 1,000 gallons per billing period. We have not had an increase in five years.”

Trustee Rich Dziedzic asked if the City of Chicago, which supplies Lake Michigan water to Worth, had notified the village of any increase in water rates for 2016. Price stated that she had not been notified of any increase.

On the matter of vehicle sticker fees for 2016-2017, the board voted to not increase the fees. They will remain at $28 for passenger automobiles, $22 for recreational vehicles, $18 for motorcycle/scooter, $33 for Truck B Plates, $55 for Truck D,F,H,J Plates and $133 for Truck P,X Plates. For seniors, 62 years and over, the cost is $5. The vehicle stickers will go on sale May 1.

In regards to finances, Werner was asked how the village is coping with the budget impasse in Springfield.

“For the last three or four years, we have been very, very conservative with our budget,” said Werner. “So far, we are OK. We have been able to meet our obligations. We are hoping that the state will come to a resolution, but in the meantime, we are holding our own.”

In other business, the board approved an ordinance repealing the village’s leaf collection program. As of Dec. 1, the village will no longer administer a leaf collection program.