Whether you like it or not, a new bill will be arriving at your home soon.
Scotch Plains' manager Chris Marion announced during Tuesday night's council meeting that the township's new sewer bills should be mailed out to residents by the end of this week.
Up until now, residents have been paying a sewer fee that was based on their property assessments and that showed up in their annual property taxes. But in June, the mayor and council approved a sewer utility for the township that will charge residents and businesses based on their individual water usage.
The move was made to remove about $2.5 million from the 2009 budget, after The Rahway Valley Sewer Authority hit the township with a 43 percent increase in sewer fees this year, increasing costs by $500,000.
All homeowners will pay a flat-rate fee of $250 this year. Townhomes and condos will pay $180. After that, charges will depend on individual usage. Township-owned land, residences with septic systems and 100 percent-disabled veterans will be exempt from the fee.
Marion said that all payments are due by Oct. 1. Anyone with questions about the new bill should contact the town’s tax collector at 908-322-6700 ext. 207.