Somerset County Sanitary District water debt service rate rising slightly in 2022

Posted 1/11/22

PRINCESS ANNE — Somerset County Sanitary District water customers will see a slight increase in the quarterly EDU rate for 2022 after the Sanitary Commission voted to raise debt service rates …

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Somerset County Sanitary District water debt service rate rising slightly in 2022

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PRINCESS ANNE — Somerset County Sanitary District water customers will see a slight increase in the quarterly EDU rate for 2022 after the Sanitary Commission voted to raise debt service rates for water only.

 

The change adds 75 cents per quarter per EDU to the water debt service charge in the Crisfield, Fairmount and Princess Anne subdistricts.

 

Westover and Smith Island will see no change this year as they are sewer only.

Rates in 2021 per quarter per EDU for water and sewer combined were $55.25 in Princess Anne, $51.75 in Fairmount, $46.69 outside Crisfield city limits. (The sewer debt service charge on Smith Island and in Westover is $28.25.)

 

EDUs, short for equivalent dwelling units and a standard of 250 gallons of water per day, has been used countywide since 2019. It replaced front-foot assessments as bonds and construction loans were combined and charged out equally to all users across the county no matter where

a project was located.

 

Debt service for all locations totals nearly $972,000. While in the past it has been reduced through refinancing it grows as new infrastructure is installed, with Smith Island’s new treatment plant a major project yet to be added.

 

Voting on the new debt service charge were Chair Adam Riggin and members Dennis Williams and Barbara Somers. Absent from the December public hearing were Vice Chair Charles Bagley and Maxine Landon.

 

Changes to metered water and sewer rates do not occur until the start of a new fiscal year which is July 1 and only after a public hearing held in June.