TOWNSHIP OF OCEAN, NJ – In a first reading at the July Township Committee meeting, the Mayor and Committee members introduced an ordinance authorizing an increase in water and sewer rates.

The proposed change calls for a 4% rate increase. According to Township authorities, this is the first rise in rates in more than two years.

“For many years, the Township just absorbed increased costs,” shared Deputy Mayor Baulderstone.  He then proceeded to explain the reasons for rates are going up.

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A ten-year plan is in place to repair and replace the existing water and sewer infrastructure.  Additionally, the Township anticipates an increase in charges from the Ocean County Utilities Authority.

Some of the existing issues include problems with sewer line infiltration. Additionally, the pumping station needs to be brought up to date.

The ordinance amending the existing local law entitled “Water and Sewer Utility Department” comes back for a second reading at the next Township Committee meeting.

Stephanie A. Faughnan is a local journalist and Director of Writefully Inspired, a professional writing and resume service. Feel free to contact her at sfaughnan@tapinto.net.