Aldermen weigh 10% rate increase in water and sewer

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POCAHONTAS- The City Council heard a recommendation from outgoing Chair of the Water and Sewer Commission John Jackson in which a 10 percent rate increase would be made to local water users’ water bill, increasing the monthly rate for the average user from $26.35 to $28.90.
Jackson, who has been on the Water and Sewer Commission Board for 34 years, noted that the average household uses about 5,000 gallons of water per month and that the commission has been working at a break-even point for the last few years. The minimum water user’s bill would increase 95 cents a month, from $9.75 to $10.70 and the average user’s would jump $2.55 a month.
The last rate increase was in October 2011 and the commission posted a $37,966.00 loss for 2013, a $22,009.00 profit for 2014, a $1,584.00 loss in 2015 and a $2,760.00 loss in 2016 so far. Jackson stated that they have put the increase off for the past two years as they didn’t know what impact Peco was going to have on them as there was a chance they would sell Peco water. They didn’t have enough excess capacity to provide them with all their needs, however.

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