With water rate increases of 15 percent in both theand of Mamaroneck this year, the Village of Larchmont appears to have dodged a bullet, with a more modest 5 percent increase approved by the board on Tuesday night.
As has been the case in past years, a hike in New York City supply costs—where the village and surrounding towns purchase their water from—has trickled down to residents. According to Village Treasurer Denis Brucciani, the NYC base rate per million gallons has jumped nearly 10 percent and the allowance charge—a penalty for exceeding the allotted amount of water consumed—has gone up nearly 6 percent.
In 2011, the to cover, in part, a 42 million gallon surplus of water purchased by the village as well as several capital improvement projects. And, in 2010, rate increases skyrocketed into the double digits by 35 percent.
The new rates will take effect in the next billing period, said Mayor Anne McAndrews.
“We think we’re being more than reasonable,” she said.