8/2/16 – 7:14 A.M.
A surcharge on water and sewer fees in Bluffton is causing some controversy in the village. The Courier reports around 300 residents had signed a petition to place a referendum about the surcharge on the ballot, but it was thrown out on a technicality. Village Solicitor Stephen Chamberlain said the petition didn’t include a copy of the ordinance being challenged, as required by law.
The minimum increase is $19 per customer . The fee will begin with the August water bill.
The surcharge was approved as a way to make the water and sewer funds self-supporting, instead of relying on support from the general fund.
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