WARETOWN, NJ – Ocean Township residents could soon pay more for water and sewer utilities based on a proposed ordinance moved to the second step last week.

Ratepayers should plan on spending two percent more for both utilities if the governing body passes the local law. Water bills currently at $35.61 quarterly would be increased to $36.32 every three months. The fixed quarterly sewer rates would rise from $44.51 to $45.41.

“The annual costs of doing business has increased,” shared Diane B. Ambrosio, Ocean Township Business Administrator/Municipal Clerk.  “This includes the cost of fuel, salaries, and Ocean County Municipal Utility processing and upgrades.”

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Ocean Township made improvements to the system over the last year, including refurbishing of the municipality’s two water tanks. These upgrades were made in conjunction with the Clean Water Act.

A public hearing on the proposed fee change will be conducted at the December 22 virtual meeting of the Ocean Township Committee.

The proposed increase is slated for January 2021.

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