Residents in Nordonia Hills and throughout northeast Ohio are starting to receive their bills from the Cleveland Water Department on a monthly basis instead of quarterly.

Jason Wood, chief of public affairs for the Cleveland Water Department, said the changes to monthly bills were made "to help keep the cost of services more affordable for our customers. A quarterly bill can really sneak up on people.

"We've started transitioning some of our customers already," he said. "It will take us about three months."

Cleveland Water Department officials believe the advantages of switching to monthly bills include to help customers better manage their household budget, track their water usage and detect possible leaks sooner. With monthly bills, water meters will be read on a monthly basis, and all consumption and other related charges will be based on a monthly rate, according to the company's website.

For more information, see www.clevelandwater.com/monthly-billing.

In addition, most homeowners in Northfield Village will see their stormwater fees from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District switch from quarterly to monthly, although their actual rates will not change, according to Jennifer Elting, senior public information specialist for the sewer district.

She said about 1,250 Northfield Village homes would be affected, along with 10 total homeowners in Macedonia and Sagamore Hills Township combined. The remainder of the Macedonia and Sagamore Hills homes plus all households in Northfield Center Township will remain with the quarterly stormwater fees, she said.

Elting said the billing changeover is taking place now. She said the first monthly bills will arrive sometime between now and March.

Northfield Village Finance Director Tricia Ingrassia said she is not aware of any residents that have received any monthly bills yet.

Elting believes the new billing procedure will be more efficient for residents.

"That makes it easier to budget when you get a smaller bill every month rather than a larger bill every three months," she said.

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District encompasses the city of Cleveland and all or portions of 61 suburban municipalities in Cuyahoga, Summit, Lake and Lorain counties.

For water bills, Macedonia, Northfield Village, Sagamore Hills Township and Northfield Center Township residents will be paying monthly bills to the Cleveland Water Department, although Sagamore Hills and Northfield Center own their water lines, according to attorney Jeff Snell.

For stormwater fees, Macedonia, Northfield Village and Sagamore Hills residents pay quarterly bills to the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, which is switching to monthly billing for Northfield Village, while Northfield Center residents pay quarterly bills to Summit County Environmental Services, according to Snell.

For sanitary sewer bills, Macedonia, Sagamore Hills and Northfield Center residents pay quarterly bills to the Summit County Department of Sanitary Sewer Services, according to Snell, while Northfield Village residents pay quarterly bills to the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.

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