Clarkdale wastewater rates go up Dec. 13

Increase of $25 over five years to pay off $5.5 million

CLARKDALE - The Town Council likely will approve an increase of $5 per month to both residential and commercial wastewater rates. The increase will become effective Dec. 13. The council meets Oct. 9 at 6 p.m.

The total debt of $5.5 million for the new wastewater plant will require a rate increase of approximately $25 over five years, according to Wayne Debrosky, utility director.

The new rate will make the base rate $38 per month for residential and commercial users. But the commercial base rate is a minimum rate with a usage fee of $2.25 per 1,000 gallons of water in excess of 5,000 gallons per month.

Debrosky reported that the council approved the new sewer rate of $5 during its Nov. 8, 2011 meeting. The first new sewer rate goes into effect with the January 2012 utilities billing.

"There are four additional sewer rate increases of $5 each slated to go into effect over the next four years," Debrosky stated.

He pointed out that the final sewer rate increase of $5 might not be necessary depending on the actual amount of money financed.

Another agenda item calls for the council to hold a work session to discuss the first quarter of the 2012-2013 fiscal year budget.

The council meets in the Men's Lounge of the Clark Memorial Clubhouse at 19 N. Ninth St.

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