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ORDINANCE NO. 2015-17, Village of Yellow Springs, Ohio

Interested persons will take note that the Village Council of Yellow Springs on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, gave first reading to an ordinance, text to follow.

Council will consider said ordinance for a second reading and a public hearing to begin at 7:00 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, in the Bryan Community Center, 100 Dayton St.

Whereas, current sewer charges set forth by the Codified Ordinances fail to meet the financial obligations of providing said service; and

Whereas, it is Village Council’s intent to amend Section 1048.05 of the Codified Ordinances to meet the aforementioned financial obligations.


Section 1.That Section 1048.05 Service Charges of Chapter 1048 Sewers and Sewage of Title Four Public Utilities of Part Ten Streets, Utilities and Public Services of the Codified Ordinances of the Village of Yellow Springs, Ohio be repealed.

Section 2.That a new Section 1048.05 Service Charges of Chapter 1048 Sewers and Sewage of Title Four Public Utilities of Part Ten Streets, Utilities and Public Services of the Codified Ordinances of the Village of Yellow Springs, Ohio be enacted to read as follows with new language in bold and text to be deleted in strikeout:


(a)   Each customer connected to the Municipal water system within the Village shall pay a monthly sewer service charge which includes a readiness for service charge (RFS) based upon the customer’s water meter size and a sewer charge for each thousand gallons of usage:


Effective Date RFS Rate per month Consumption charge per
1,000 gallons
January 1, 2015 $11.80 $5.70
January 1, 2016 $11.80 $6.56
January 1, 2017 $11.80 $7.54
January 1, 2018 $11.80 $8.67
January 1, 2019 $11.80 $9.97
January 1, 2020 $11.80 $10.27


(b)   Each customer’s actual monthly readiness for service (RFS) charge shall be calculated by multiplying the effective RFS rate shown above by the appropriate readiness for service factor as identified below:

Water meter size (inches): 5/8 3/4 1 2 3 4
RFS factor: 1 1 2 4 7 16 28


(c)   Each customer connected to the Municipal sewage disposal system within the Village who is not also connected to the Municipal water system shall install, at his or her own expense, a water meter on his or her water supply line of a type approved by the Village Manager, or in lieu of being charged on the basis of a water meter reading, shall be charged on the basis of water consumption as estimated by the Village Manager.

(d)   Each customer connected to the Municipal sewage disposal outside the Village shall pay, in addition to the regular monthly charges, a surcharge not more than one hundred percent of the regular service charge.  The surcharge shall be uniform, both as to amount and application, to all customers connected to the Municipal sewage system outside the Village.

(e)   Sewer service charges shall be due and payable on or before the fifteenth day of the month in which payment is due and a penalty of five percent shall be added to any bill paid after the due date.

(f)   All sewer fund receipts above the operational and maintenance funds generated by this change in rates shall be periodically calculated and transferred from the sewer fund to the sewer capital improvements fund which will be established to be used exclusively for replacements and other capital needs of the sewer system.

(g)   For those residents who apply and are accepted, the Village utility billing office will use that customer’s water use in the preceding December, January and February as a base line, then compare it to their use for the following June, July and August. Any summer use that reflects higher consumption in summer months will be deducted from that customer’s sewer charges. The adjustment will be made in September, October, or November, depending upon which month’s bill is based on that customer’s actual meter reading.

(h)   The Village is about to issue bonds to pay for required improvements to the wastewater plant.  Further increases in rates will be needed to repay the resulting debt.  To the extent that time permits, all such rate changes shall be made by the usual procedure of adopting an amended rate ordinance.  In the event that timely response requires it, the Village Manager is hereby authorized to adjust rates on a temporary basis, by administrative action, to a rate not to exceed two dollars and seventy-five cents ($2.75) per 1,000 gallons of water used, provided that prior notice is published in the Yellow Springs NEWS, and such action is promptly ratified by Village Council, following the usual procedure.

Section 3.This ordinance shall take effect and be in full force at the earliest date permitted by law.

Karen Wintrow, President


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