CHATHAM, NJ - Jim Lonergan, president of the Borough of Chatham Council, notified taxpayers that water, sewer and trash collection fees will likely rise when the 2017 municipal budget is finalized, according to budget details revealed on Monday night at the regular meeting of the borough council.
The largest increase will be in trash collection, also known as solid waste. Lonergan explained that the previous collector had given a low bid that he could not deliver on and the borough was forced to go back to a higher-priced company. The yearly solid waste fee will go from $192 to $207.
Sewer services will rise from $366 to 373. The price for water measured in cubic feet will go up two percent.
"The fees will be discussed and agreed to by the council," Lonergan said. "I know it's early in the budget process, but we like to get ahead of it and get it out there."
Council president Jim Lonergan talks about the rise in fees suggested for the 2017 budget