Pursuant to Section 1252 of Title 38 MRSA, notice is hereby given of a proposed increase in sewer rates effective October 1, 2018.
The Caribou Utilities District proposes to raise an additional $ 140,000 from this rate increase yearly. This additional revenue is necessary to cover increased expenses and deferred maintenance, as well as improving District infrastructure. As facilities age and maintenance increases, additional costs are incurred. More stringent regulations require more treatment, testing and reporting.
Current residential rates are $200 per year for non-industrial customers. Commercial and governmental rates are also $200 per year with specific rates for large, industrial users. All current rates have a consumption component; for monthly usage above 300 cubic feet there is a charge of $2.00 per 100 cubic feet. The consumption component was established in 2001.
The proposed residential rates are $250 per year for a non-industrial customers. Commercial and governmental rates will also be $250 per year as well. All new rates will have a consumption component; for monthly usage above 300 cubic feet there will be a charge of $2.50 per 100 cubic feet. The last sewer rate increase was in 2007.
A public hearing will be held at 7:30 am at the Caribou Utilities District Office at 176 Limestone Street in Caribou, ME on September 12, 2018 to discuss the proposed rate increase. A regular monthly District meeting will be held afterwards. If you have any questions, please call the Caribou Utilities District at 207-496-0911.