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Avalon Adopts Ordinance on Revised Water, Sewer Rates

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By Vince Conti

AVALON – Avalon Council adopted an ordinance, Aug. 9, on new water and sewer rates. Rates have not changed in the borough since 2018.

As Chief Financial Officer James Craft explained at the introduction of the ordinance in July, the new ordinance establishes a tiered fee structure, ensuring what Craft called a greater degree of fairness in billing, with those who use the most water paying the highest amounts.

The ordinance also increases the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA) fee on the bill in order to bring revenue in line with the MUA expense item.

In addition, the ordinance seeks to address perceived inequities in how multidwelling units are billed. Hotels will continue to be billed as single entities, but condominiums will move to a process where each living unit receives a quarterly bill.

No member of the public chose to speak on the rate increase at the public hearing.

Contact the author, Vince Conti, at vconti@cmcherald.com.

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Vince Conti is a reporter for the Cape May County Herald.

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