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City may raise rates

June 20, 2012
By Anthony Gaynor - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Elkins City Council will make the final decision Thursday on two proposed rate hikes that will effect water and sewer customers.

Council will consider a two-step water rate increase, with the first being a going level increase to help the water fund. The second step of the increase will not go into effect until the city completes construction on the new water plant and distribution system upgrades.

Currently, customers pay $8.34 per 1,000 gallons for the first 2,000 gallons of water; $4.45 per 1,000 gallons for the next 3,000 gallons; $3.84 per 1,000 gallons for the next 5,000 gallons of water; and $2.56 per 1,000 gallons for any usage exceeding 10,000 gallons.

Under the first step of the increase, customers will pay $9.50 per 1,000 gallons for the first 2,000 gallons of water; $6 per 1,000 gallons for the next 3,000 gallons; $3.52 per 1,000 gallons for the next 5,000 gallons of water; and $3.06 per 1,000 gallons for any usage exceeding 10,000 gallons.

Under the second increase, after construction is complete, rates would be: $12.25 per 1,000 gallons for the first 2,000 gallons of water; $9.90 per 1,000 gallons for the next 3,000 gallons; $9 per 1,000 gallons for the next 5,000 gallons of water; and $5.57 per 1,000 gallons for any usage exceeding 10,000 gallons.

Council also will consider a two-step increase in the sewer rate. The first phase would go into effect 45 days after passage of the second reading, unless it is protested.

Under the current sewer rates, for the fist 1,500 gallons used per month, customers are charged $7.07 per 1,000 gallons; for the next 248,500 gallons used, the charge is $7.07 per 1,000 gallons; and any usage exceeding 250,000 gallons, the charge is $2.81 per 1,000 gallons.

Under the first step of the increase, for the fist 1,500 gallons used per month, customers are charged $9.43 per 1,000 gallons; for the next 248,500 gallons used, the charge is $8.10 per 1,000 gallons; and any usage exceeding 250,000 gallons, the charge is $6 per 1,000 gallons.

Under the second step of the increase, which will go into effect on March 15, 2013, for the first1,500 gallons used per month, customers will be charged $10 per 1,000 gallons; for the next 248,500 gallons used, the charge will be $10 per 1,000 gallons; and any usage exceeding 250,000 gallons, the charge will be $6 per 1,000 gallons.

Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday in council chambers at city hall.

 
 

 

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