TIFFIN — During a regular meeting Monday, the Tiffin City Council unanimously voted to pass an ordinance reducing sewer rates for Tiffin residents and businesses as a way to help offset the economic effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Starting with the August 1 bill and lasting until March 15, 2021, all sewer rates in the City of Tiffin will be reduced by 10%.
After March 15, 2021, sewer rates will increase by 5% in accordance with the Tiffin Codified Ordinances, representing a 5% reduction from current rates. That new rate will then last until February 28, 2022.
Raftelis Financial Consultants was hired by the city to analyze the sewer rates and determine whether the rate decrease would negatively impact city finances.
Joe Crea, senior manager for Raftelis, told council Monday that their analysis shows the decrease would not have a negative impact.
Mayor Aaron Montz said the ordinance was crafted to help residents experiencing financial hardship amid the pandemic, and businesses that have had to temporarily close and lose out on revenue under Gov. Mike DeWine’s orders.
“Love seeing both our Republicans and Democrats on Council putting labels aside yet again to do what is right for the people and small businesses in Tiffin,” Montz wrote on his official Facebook page shortly after the legislation was passed by council.