Buffalo Council Denies Request For Sewer Rate Restructure

Shon Shroeful
Shon Shroeful

The Buffalo City Council has opted to not grant a request from a local business owner wanting the city to restructure their sewer rates, or to designate his car wash as a “green business” and allow him a lower sewer rate, if they were not willing or able to currently re-structure the rates in general.

Shon Shroeful, owner of Buffalo's Wash Me Car Wash, came back before the city council at their last meeting to hear their decision in the matter.

Mayor Mike Johnson explained the council's position.

Shroeful had hoped for a rate restructuring to be enacted for him to implement a business expansion plan but was concerned that without it, a potential increase in profits would come with an an exponentially higher increase in expense in the form of higher sewer bills.
He told the council that his business pays higher sewer bills because the amount he pays is tied directly to water usage by gallons, where residential and other commercial users' sewer rates are capped at a dollar amount they pay per month.

The council said they would be looking at sewer rates at some point in the future, but not at this time.

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