HAMILTON, NJ -- Robbinsville Township announced on Tuesday that the lawsuit filed against it by Hamilton Township over a dispute in payment of sewer fees was dismissed by the New Jersey Superior Court "without prejudice" on February 20. The suit had been filed by Hamilton's former Mayor Kelly Yaede in August 2019 after claims that Robbinsville owed the sewer utility $2.8 million. An invoice and calculation of these taxes was never made public by the former Yaede Administration.
Robbinsville Mayor David Fried said that the township will be looking to move ahead with a rate study to determine appropriate equity in the tax rates paid by residents of both towns for sewer services.
"We will be doing the rate study and letting the professionals come up with a fair and equitable solution," Fried said Monday. "It's easy to work with your neighbors when they do what they say they will.
“The rate study would reveal with real data what is fair and reasonable for both towns,” Fried added. “We want to be a good neighbor and pay our fair share.”'
Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin said that the town will split the cost of the rate study and is "hoping to have the successful firm selected this spring and study to be completed this summer."
Hamilton operates a regional wastewater treatment facility serving its residents and Robbinsville that operates under a joint sewer agreement since 1976. The sewage is ultimately treated at Hamilton’s Water Pollution Control plant before being discharged into Crosswicks Creek.
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