|City considers increase in water rates|
|Written by News Desk|
|Wednesday, 11 September 2013 11:06|
This week the Millbrook City Council is expected to vote to increase water rates for customers of the Millbrook Utility Department. The change was first discussed during a city council meeting on August 27. Only water customers of the Millbrook Utility System, and then only those within the Millbrook city limits will be affected by this change according to Council President Fred Watts. Customers who receive their water from Elmore Water and Sewer, Tri-Community Water, and Marbury Water Systems will not be affected by this ordinance. Most of the affected residents will be in the Grandview Pines subdivision and surrounding areas.
Among the proposed changes is the addition of a $450 impact fee for new connections to the system. An additional 25 percent shall be added should the connection be allowed to be made outside the corporate limits. The changes also call for a $50 reconnect fee if a customers water is turned off for non-payment and needs to be reconnected outside of normal department working hours.
The new base rate for water would be $11.50 minimum charge for the first 2,000 gallons each month and and $3.50 for each additional 1,000 gallons if the ordinance is passed.
Watts explained that another change proposed in the ordinance is that each unit in a multi-family structure will now be considered a separate equivilent unit for billing purposes (e.g. an eight-plex would be equal to eight equivalent unit connections).
Mayor Al Kelley said the last time the city increased its water rates was 2001.
"We still have the lowest water rates in the area. You don't like to go up on the rates but it has become cost prohibitive to operate if we leave the rates were the are now," Kelley said.
The council met on September 10, 2013 after The Millbrook Independent's press deadline. Check The Millbrook Independent online or in next week's print edition for more information.
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