Wood River Township has cut the rate you pay for your sewer bill. The township board voted this week to cut the monthly rate by two dollars, from $20 to $18 per month. The reduction is the result of a successful move to recover funds from delinquent customers over the past two years, resulting in a financially stable sewer system.
A little over three years ago, after determining there were hundreds of customers in the district that were not paying their bills on time, the township entered into agreements with two local water districts allowing the water service to be cut off to customers that did not pay their sewer bills. The two districts, the Maple Park Water District, and the Bethalto Water District, began cutting off water service to those customers not paying overdue bills. With the program now in place for several years, the township is seeing fewer problems with payments, and financial stability has returned allowing a reduction in monthly fees. Township Supervisor Mike Babcock says even with the reduction, the sewer system will still see positive cash flow thanks mostly to customers paying on time.