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Water Rates, Commuter Parking Fees to Increase in Downers Grove

The village council will vote Tuesday to approve new waters rates that reflect the rate hikes implemented by the DuPage Water Commission. Commissioners will also consider increasing the fees for commuter parking permits.

Downers Grove residents who buy water from the village can expect to see higher monthly bills starting next year.

The Downers Grove Village Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on an ordinance that would increase the village's water rates to reflect recent rate imposed by the DuPage Water Commission and the City of Chicago.

The commission, which buys Lake Michigan water from Chicago, voted last year to raise its water rates every year in 2015. The decision came after Chicago instituted a rate hike that amounts to a 90-percent wholesale increase over the same timeframe, according to the Daily Herald.

The commission also added on another 19 cents per 1,000 gallons, according to the report.

Downers Grove staff recently adjusted the village's water rate model to account for the increases, as well as the recommendations of the 2010 Water Rate Study. The village's rate increases—projected at 18 percent for 2013—will only impact the unit fee portion of the bill; the fixed fee portion foes not change from the original plan, according to village documents.

The rates are now projected to increase by 14 percent in 2014 and 2015, according to village officials.

The following table shows the proposed water rates that will go into effect for bills received after March 1, 2013:

Bi-Monthly Fixed Charged by Water Meter Size 2012 2013 Proposed 5/8 inch $9.31 $10.50 1 inch $13.96 $15.75 1.5 inches $46.53 $52.52 2 inches $74.45 $84.02 3 inches $139.59 $157.55 4 inches $232.66 $262.58 6 inches $465.31 $525.15 10 inches $1,116.75 $1,260.36 Bi-Monthly Unit Fee 2012 2013 Proposed Inside Village $4.13 $4.89 Outside Village $4.76 $5.61

The following table shows the projected impact of the new water rates:

User Category Typical Meter Size Current Bi-Monthly Bill Proposed 2013 Bi-Monthly Bill Typical Residential User 5/8 inch $71.26 $83.85 Typical Commercial User 1.5 inches $459.53 $541.52 Typical Industrial User 2 inches $900.45 $1,062.02

The Downers Grove Council is expected to vote on the new water rates Tuesday as part of its 2012-13 budget implementation actions.

Commuter Parking Fees to Increase in Downers Grove

The Downers Grove Council will also consider Tuesday an ordinance that would increase parking fees charged for commuter spaces.

In 2011, village staff conducted the Downtown Parking Study, which found that the quarterly fees for commuter parking spaces were lower than nearby stations, according to village documents.

Currently, the village charges residents $80 for quarterly permits at the Belmont and Main Street stations; non-residents are charged $110. At the Fairview station, residents are charged $75 and non-residents are charged $105.

The study, conducted by Rich and Associates, found that spaces in nearby Lisle and Naperville cost anywhere from $105 to $145 per quarter, according to village documents.

As part of the implementation of the 2012-13 budget, village staff is recommending fee increases for all of Downers Grove's commuter spaces. The village has already provided written notice to both Metra and Burlington Northern Santa Fe, per the terms of their agreement.

Should the council approve the ordinance, the fees would be removed from the municipal code and listed in the administrative fee schedule, according to village documents. The recommended fee schedule is shown below:

Train Station Current Quarterly Fee Proposed Quarterly Fee Belmont Train Station

$80 Resident

$110 Non-Resident

$100 Resident

$120 Non-Resident

Main Street Train Station and Parking Deck (Lot S)

$80 Resident

$110 Non-Resident

$100 Resident

$120 Non-Resident

Fairview Train Station

$75 Resident

$105 Non-Resident

$80 Resident

$110 Non-Resident

The Downers Grove Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Village Hall, 801 Burlington Ave. For more information, visit www.downers.us.

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Stephen Lyczak December 03, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Just keep it coming! A few more dollars for water adds a few more dollars for sanitary sewers, then a few more dollars for the stormwater system , then a few more dollars for schools to pay ever increasing salaries. A few more dollars for gas, a few more dollars for food, a few more dollars to pay for a $1 million dollar paver street.....its always just a few more dollars but when you add it all up it means WE have a lot less dollars and nothing to show for it!!
Susan December 03, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Why are the resident commuter fees at Belmont and Main going up $20 while non-resident rates are going up only $10? Am I missing something? Seems to me it should be the other way around.
Dan F. December 03, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Non-resident parking should at least be as big an increase as resident rates. That just defies logic. The bigger issue is more and more is never enough. Two HUGE water rate hikes, a stormwater fee, what is next? Vehicle stickers? Chicken keeping licenses?
goddess December 03, 2012 at 06:02 PM
A death by a thousand cuts. And how much did they pay Rich and Associates to call Lisle and Naperville and ask them how much they charge for parking?
Cynthia December 03, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Lets keep raising everything. Our home our worth nothing and our taxes keep going up. People would leave this town but our houses are just going down in value. People looking to buy will not buy in Downers when towns all around us don't keep raising everything and adding new fees!!
Hank Inversall December 04, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Don't forget, There is an election coming up next year, time to throw out this village council!!!!!!
bill norman December 04, 2012 at 05:19 PM
The governments both large and small are missing something. WE ARE HURTING OUT HERE. And yet they just keep adding fee after fee, tax after tax. When are we as taxpayers going to force the locals to live within their means rather than continue to increase everything to fund their unrealistic goals? STOP STOP STOP! No more added fees and taxes until the economy turns around! You are scaring away good citizens as well as good business. You will end up with low income subsidized residents who don't have to pay for all of this and transient businesses, who get incentives to move here only to skip out as soon as the "payback" bill comes.
bill norman December 04, 2012 at 05:22 PM
We did that and it ended up worse than before. We need a concerted effort and good canditates that have an austerity plan in place.
C. Litigios Moller December 04, 2012 at 11:05 PM
In DG the on the street metered commuter parking at $3 per day is by far the highest parking costs in the area. Most towns are no more than $1.50. With a reasonable rate people will be inclined to drive downtown and stay to enjoy a movie, meal or both!
Rick December 06, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Voting people out or in never seems to do any good. How about a forensic audit of DG accounting? Let's see how much we spend on bloated pensions. How much is going to services that benefit illegal immigrants or section 8 leeches. How about checking how much it costs to arrest and book the same 5 loser winos in downtown DG. Time to do something, enough is enough. On the other hand, if we get expensive enough, perhaps it will keep out the low income bottom feeders that have slowly started to move in.

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