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Village’s Highest Volume Water Users Receive First “Sewer Surcharge” Bills

In Uncategorized on July 7, 2008 at 3:42 pm

On March 12, Village Council members amended Ordinance #3102, “Sewers and Sewage Disposal,” by establishing an annual use fee for “significant dischargers.”

This ordinance amendment is expected to generate $120K in additional revenue during 2008. Annual fees for “significant dischargers” are based water use as billed by Ridgewood Water.

Approximately 200 of the Village’s highest volume commercial water users received their first “sewer surcharge” bills in the mail last week (week ending July 5, 2008).

Daily Treat co-owner John Skoutakis revealed to The Fly that his sewer surcharge bill totaled approximately $9,600, and is due within 30 days.

The Fly wonders how many restaurants, which use large amounts of water for preparing food and dishwashing, will be forced out of business because of this ordinance amendment.

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  1. Maybe the restaurants will start to use less water to reduce the ridiculous surcharges. Skimping on the washing of dishes will be a nice unintended consequence.

  2. maybe we should restrict toilet flushes…but i guess there would be no place to put all the BS in this town

  3. “The Fly wonders how many restaurants…will be forced out of business because of this ordinance amendment.”

    Paving the way for more desperately needed BANKS to move into the village

    From the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce Banks Page

    Banks

    Atlantic Stewardship Bank
    190 Franklin Avenue
    Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    tele: 201-444-3723
    website: http://www.asbnow.com
    email: services@asbnow.com

    Atlantic Stewardship Bank
    630 Godwin Avenue
    Midland Park, NJ 07432
    tele: 201-444-7100
    website: http://www.asbnow.com
    email: services@asbnow.com

    Bank of America
    25 North Maple Avenue
    Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    tele: 201-670-9600
    website: http://www.bankofamerica.com

    Bank of America
    54 East Ridgewood Avenue
    Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    tele: 201-251-3901
    website: http://www.bankofamerica.com

    Boiling Springs Savings Bank
    55 North Broad Street
    Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    tele: 201-445-4002
    website: http://www.bssbank.com

    Boiling Springs Savings Bank
    1124 East Ridgewood Avenue
    Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    tele: 201-445-4000
    website: http://www.bssbank.com

    Boiling Springs Savings Bank
    5312 North Maple Avenue
    Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    tele: 201-445-7887
    website: http://www.bssbank.com

    CHASE BANK
    67 Godwin Ave
    Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    tele: 201-445-0788
    fax: 201-445-1865
    website: http://www.chase.com

    CHASE BANK
    25 West Ridgewood Ave
    Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    tele: 201-445-6475
    fax: 201-445-1254
    website: http://www.chase.com

    Citibank
    28-32 East Ridgewood Avenue
    Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    tele: 201-444-3274 / 201-493-2435
    website: http://www.citibank.com
    email: suzanne.rufo@citigroup.com

    Citizens Community Bank
    171 East Ridgewood Avenue
    Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    tele: 201-670-8484
    website: http://www.ccbnj.com
    email: ppellegrine@ccbnj.com

    Columbia Bank
    60 South Broad Street
    Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    tele: 201-652-6859
    website: http://www.columbiabankonline.com
    email: sbradley@columbiabankonline.com

    Commerce Bank
    133 Franklin Avenue
    Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    tele: 201-670-1008

    HSBC
    29 East Ridgewood Avenue
    Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    tele: 201-493-8159
    website: http://www.hsbcusa.com

    North Fork Bank
    9 East Ridgewood Avenue
    Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    tele: 201-493-3900
    website: http://www.nfb.com
    email: branch337@nfb.com

    PNC Advisors
    41 Oak Street
    Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    tele: 201-652-8411
    website: http://www.pncbank.com

    PNC Bank
    41 Oak Street
    Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    tele: 201-251-3108
    website: http://www.pncbank.com

    Washington Mutual
    101 East Ridgewood Avenue
    Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    tele: 201-445-3771
    website: http://www.wamu.com

  4. hey genius..do you think the banks would be here if there wasn’t ample business for them? DUHHHH

  5. MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS

  6. Who should pay for the burden on our sewage system?

  7. It makes no sense. These business are already paying for their high water usage. This is like the Obama tax plan for high income earners, whereby we are going to get taxed more. WE ARE ALREADY BEING TAXED MORE and alrwady pay a whole lot more in taxes than low income earners, who basically pay no taxes.

    As for all the banks, well, there is obviously a demand for them. Banks and restaurants abd a smattering of hair and nail places. If anyone can tell me where the demand is for anything else, let me know.

  8. to the fly you will pay more for your food.thats all.

  9. “It makes no sense. These business are already paying for their high water usage.”

    Then who should pay – the residents??? You can’t wish away the higher costs. Someone has to pay.

  10. o well.

  11. I own a small retail business in Ridgewood. My daily water usage amounts to one toilet flush and one use of the sink to wash my hands. The sewage tax bill I received amounts to about $1.50 per day – this on top of a water bill that adds up to about $1 per day. You’d think that my plumbing fixtures were made of gold and that sparkling Pellegrino is being pumped through the lines at those prices!

    This tax is the last straw that is driving me out of business. Even though business has dropped off significantly in the last few months (once-twice a week I don’t even get any customers through the door, sometimes even on Saturdays!) I’ve been subjected to ever increasing tax bills like this sewage tax. I’m now paying thousands of dollars out of my pocket each month just to pay taxes and bills, and I’m stuck in a lease that may take me years to get out of and could potentially bankrupt me.

    It’s no wonder there are so many empty retail spaces on Ridgewood Ave., Broad St., etc. It’s simply too expensive to do business in Ridgewood. Even worse, the residents of this village don’t support local businesses. For all of you complaining about the abundance of banks, when was the last time you purchased something from a local, independently owned store in Ridgewood (and I don’t mean Dunkin Donuts, the Gap or Rite Aid)? Remember, you reap what you sow.

  12. Maybe there would be more concern by the residents if the commerical district received a tax credit for the schools and garbage collection they don’t use which they also pay.

  13. This is amazing. My wife and I were discussing the lack of independent retailers as we were sitting at Prana’s outside seating, noticing it was completely deserted and Starbucks was not doing too much better, on a beautiful not-too-hot, not-too-cold Friday night. There are storefronts available EVERYWHERE in Ridgewood, and I was very seriously considering opening a food establishment (I’ll leave it at that) on Ridgewood avenue, but the price of rent was enough to disuade me, putting aside the barren streets of what should be a thriving, happening downtown, and sewer bills were not even something that crossed my mind.

  14. How about the businesses get charged the additioal sewer tax and the residents with children get charged and additional per child tax for additional BOE income.

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