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Ridgewood Water Looks to Raise Rates for the First Time In Three years

March 14,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Water told the council that they need to raise water rates. The utility has not raised rates in over 3 years . The utility used the Woods study which concluded that Ridgewood Water charges were low and the distribution of the charges were inefficient. Fixed charges for 5/8 meters, the meters most common in Ridgewood Households should bring in 20% of utility expenses and currently they were bringing in 16% .The increase to about 18,000 or so customers effected will be about $7.41 per quarter increase .

As many readers know in July of 2017 Superior Court Judge Perez Friscia ordered Ridgewood’s water-rate ordinance invalid and that the matter be remanded to the village so the rates could be recalculated. The ruling came after Glen Rock, Wyckoff and Midland Park, sued the utility, claiming in a class action lawsuit that Ridgewood Water inflated its costs, by comingling Village expenses and unlawfully raised its rates.

Glen Rock, Wyckoff and Midland Park sued Ridgewood Water over a 31-percent rate increase from 2010 to 2012.The suit, filed on behalf of ratepayers in 2011 . Ridgewood representatives claimed the increase was necessary for the utility to stay solvent.

In a court-ordered report that the utility had a revenue shortfall of more than $400,000 from 2010 to 2012.The report concluded that the rate charged by the village’s water utility undercharged ratepayers for 2010 and 2011.

While the report was called ridiculous and self serving .The ruling left the plaintiffs to pay their massive legal fees .

8 thoughts on “Ridgewood Water Looks to Raise Rates for the First Time In Three years

  1. Somebody has to pay for the new building they want to buy.

  2. Correct 8:19 a.m. That is why I hesitate to vote for the two incumbent candidates even though I supported them wholeheartedly in the past.

    They are not good with money, holding down taxes. Now don’t get me wrong, they have, like the old song goes, “Charm and Personality” but hey, they are spending our money like drunken sailors as the expression has it. I am going to LISTEN to the other two running for council and hear what they have to say about our budget and how money will be spent. I wish some really sensible people would run for council… dream dream dream. … Dream a little dream for Ridgewood.

  3. Water restriction cause higher rates. Less water sold.

  4. We’re already showering with a friend and growing cactus plants due to the water restrictions. Give us a break!

  5. Wouldn’t it be so much better if an evil corporation with shareholders and customer service metrics were in charge of this? Then we could be truly outraged by poor service, higher rates and water restrictions. Now we have to take the blame ourselves because we elect people that can’t run a utility, because, well, they have never run a utility and we’re all left feeling a little ashamed of ourselves because this water company is us. Not to mention the communal joy of being sued by every town around us when we try to get paid fair value for the water we provide them. We should all back any candidate that promises to sell the water company no matter what else they support. It would be the single greatest improvement in the village’s finances we could make with the stroke of a pen, it would eliminate untold patronage and waste and then we could demand better service. If we do it before any of the shovels go in the ground we can even complain about the increased demand cause by new apartment dwellers.

  6. When you advocate for Aronsen’s buddies, please be careful of the things they can and will do besides selling the water company. I agree that our entire present council could have starred in the movie “Clueless” and have not yet realized that money does not grow on trees. I am also terribly disappointed in them for all the actions they took that were a stupid waste of money and all the actions they didn’t take to save the Village money (Healthbarn, etc.) I can’t think that Aronsens’ group would be any better but at least they were AWARE that their plans would cost major bucks. Our present council only has a little over a month to wake up and DO something practical for a change. Otherwise, Aronsen’s buddies will be voted in because most realistic voters won’t vote at all.

  7. Roberta set up Healthbarn ,and the 3 amigos set up the high density housing, voters are to blame , the new council it doing its best to salvage whats left of Ridgewood , however , if the town continues on the over development path laid out by Aronsohn, your home values will collapse

  8. What the FUCK do you know about housing prices James? You have never owned a house.

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