Increase needed to support expenditures

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The City of Lewisburg passed a few changes in its water/sewer rate schedule during the Monday, Aug. 18 city council meeting. Some customers will see a decrease, while others will experience the opposite.


“The city has not implemented an increase on rates in over six years, other than the two percent passed along each year by the Logan Todd Regional Water Commission. And not even then has the city passed that increase along every time,” said Lewisburg Clerk Angela Swinney. “Unfortunately, it has finally caught up with the city and now we are having to change things around a bit to have enough revenue coming in to cover expenditures.”


A unanimous vote Monday by councilmen Bert Adler, Jason Harper, Jeff Laster and Steve Nichols sealed the deal allowing for additional revenue to help pay the bills.


The rates will change as follows:


Water rates in town


Before the change, the first 2,000 gallons or less used by a customer cost them $18.49 minimum. With the change, that will now be $16.49.


Before the change, it was the next 3,000 gallons used at $7.28 per 1,000. With the change, it will now be the next 15,000 gallons used at $9.92 per 1,000.


Before the change, it was the next 5,000 gallons used at $6.65 per 1,000. With the change, it will now be the next 25,000 gallons used at $9.06 per 1,000.


Before the change, it used to be all gallons over 10,000 used at $6.23 per 1,000. With the change, it will now be all over 40,000 gallons used at $8.34 per 1,000.


Water rates out of town


Before the change, the first 2,000 gallons or less used by a customer cost them $24.32 minimum. With the change, it will now be $22.32.


Before the change, it was the next 3,000 gallons used at $12.42 per 1,000. With the change, it will now be the next 15,000 gallons used at $16.93 per 1,000.


Before the change, it was the next 5,000 gallons used at $10.78 per 1,000. With the change, it will now be the next 25,000 gallons used at $14.69 per 1,000.


Before the change, it used to be all gallons over 10,000 used at $7.63 per 1,000. With the change, it will now be all over 40,000 gallons used at $10.10 per 1,000.


The sewer rates are determined by how much water is used. The new schedule is as follows:


From 0-2,000 the cost is going from $13.36 to $14.16. From 2,000 and on the rate is going from $6.68 to $7.08.


“We are getting behind on revenue because we have chosen not to raise rates for so long,” said Swinney. “This was a decision that has been coming for a long time. One we know is not going to be popular for some, but it’s necessary for all.”


The council wanted to give a little break for those who use the minimum water usage and those who are on fixed income.

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