Mexico sewer rates increase

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MEXICO — The town’s 830 sewer district customers will see sewer rates jump by about 14 percent, it was announced this week.

The annual cost per unit will go from $175 a year to $200. This is the first rate increase since 1999, sewer trustee Anne Young wrote in an e-mail Wednesday.

Mexico Sewer District trustees report the district has spent funds on an inflow and infiltration study required by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, as well as for engineering studies for the replacement of some of the district’s aging infrastructure. The cost for operating the service has increased and the number of sewer district users has decreased in recent years.

“This decision has been under consideration for some time and comes recommended by our financial auditor,” trustees Young, Lisa Gallant and Crystal MacKinnon said via an e-mail.

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Trustees will meet at 4:30 p.m. March 23 at the Mexico Town Hall. The public is invited to attend.

At the meeting, trustees are also expected to act on a sewer line agreement with neighboring Dixfield. The seven-year agreement spells out the financial responsibility for various portions of the sewer line for the district and for Dixfield.

The Dixfield Board of Selectmen is expected to act on the agreement at their meeting March 22.

eadams@sunjournal.com

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