Residents and businesses in the Village of Chester are taking issue with a new sewer rate currently being proposed by the Municipality of Chester. The municipality is considering implementing a universal sewer rate in an effort to equalize rates in the village, Chester Basin, Chester Acres, New Ross and Western Shore. The latest proposal is charging per equivalent dwelling unit (EDU) for all users of public sewers.

The result would mean that restaurants, cafeterias and snack bars would be charged two EDUs plus an additional .25 EDUs for every 10 seats. In the village, each EDU is equivalent to $509.68.

About 20 business owners and residents attended a Village of Chester Commission meeting last night to hear a presentation by Councillor Brad Armstrong, the village's representative on the Municipality of Chester council. He said the village has a system that is currently paying for itself and has an accumulated a surplus, while other areas in the municipality where public systems exist are operating at a loss.

For complete coverage of the commission's meeting, see next week's Progress Bulletin.

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