IN GRAYSLAKE IT DOES NOT PAY
TO WATER YOUR LAWN, GARDEN, FLOWERS
OR WASH YOUR CAR
THERE IS EVEN A PENALTY FOR FILLING
YOUR KID’S SWIMMING POOL
Many Lake County communities recognize that much of the water you use in the Spring and Summer months does not go into the sanitary sewer system . As a result many Lake County communities charge discounted summer water/sewer rates. NOT GRAYSLAKE!
Grayslake charges $8.01 per 1,000 gallons of water used for water and sewer. (The average Grayslake home probably uses about 4,000 to 6,000 gallons per month for baths, washing clothes and dishes, cooking, etc.). Of the $8.01 per 1,000 gallons of water used monthly paid to the Village of Grayslake the Village says $4.10 (51%) is for water and $3.91 (49%)is for sanitary sewer. These are fairly high rates compared to other Lake County communities to start with.
However, while residents of Waukegan, Libertyville, Highland Park, Hinesville, and others pay reduced water & sewer rates for the Summer Grayslake residents do not get the reduction. Most of the other communities assume the extra water used in the Summer goes into gardens, lawns, kid’s pools, etc. Most use the winter average and then assume the amount of water going into the sanitary sewer system is the same for the Summer and that the extra is not going into the sanitary sewer system. GRAYSLAKE DOES NOT!
Because of the way Grayslake charges for water & sewer, just about every family in town is paying a minimum of $20.00 a month or more in the summer than our Lake County neighbors. That is $120.00 or more annually!
THE STORY GETS EVEN WORSE
The Village of Grayslake does not even treat its own sewerage. They send it to the North Shore Sanitary District (NSSD) for treatment. The NSSD charges the Village $1.16 per 1,000 gallons not the $3.91 the Village of Grayslake charges its residents. Grayslake even pays for water that is not sent to them. The Village of Grayslake simply pays the NSSD for all water used, even the water that goes into gardens, lawns, to save our trees, etc. If Grayslake used the Summer rate plan like Waukegan, Highland Park and others they would not have to pay the NSSD for water that goes into the ground and not into the sanitary sewer system.
The NSSD allows cities and villages to use summer discounts as long as the city or village passes the savings on to its residents.
WHERE DOES THE OTHER $2.70 OF YOUR MONEY GO?
It appears $1.54 per 1,000 gallons goes to the Lake County Public Works Department controlled by your Lake County Board and the remaining $1.21 goes to the Village of Grayslake.
It appears the Village of Grayslake’s unwillingness to use summer rates for the sewer portion of their $8.01 per 1,000 gallons bill like many communities is costing the Village of Grayslake’s residents as much as $250,000 or more annually for treating water that does not even go into the sanitary sewer system.
In a dry summer like this year the extra charge could be costing Grayslake residents as much as $400,000 annually.
Doesn’t it seem silly for Grayslake to be collecting all of this money from its residents and giving it as a gift to other governments?
COULD THE MAYOR AND VILLAGE BOARD GIVE A SUMMER DISCOUNT LIKE OTHER TOWNS?
The Mayor and Village Board simply have to amend their water/sewer rate ordinance to use the summer rate plan.
WHAT DOES THIS HIDDEN CHARGE COST YOU?
Step 1. Review your Grayslake water bills and add the number of gallons for the nine non-winter months. (March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November).
Step 2. . Review your Grayslake water bills and add the number of gallons for the three winter months ( December, January and February). Multiply this answer by 3.
Step 3. Subtract the answer in Step 2 from the answer in Step 1. Divide your answer by 1,000 gallons to determine your billing units. Round to the next highest number. (If the answer is 0 or less, stop. You are not paying the hidden summer tax.)
Step 4. Multiply the answer in Step 3 by $3.91. ($3.91 is the amount of the monthly $8.01 per 1,000 gallons water/sewer bill for sewer.)
That is your annual extra payment for water that does not enter the sanitary sewer system. Grayslake’s hidden tax.
Wouldn’t it be nice if Grayslake treated its residents like many other communities and let you save the amount from your answer in Step 4?