Warrensburg Considering Sewer Rate Increase

| July 17, 2012
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Residents of Warrensburg may soon see an increase in their sewer rates.  Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to director of public works Marvin Coleman:

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“Our increase for the average residential user would go from $29.11 per month to $36.39,”said Coleman,”Commercial use is based off the actual water usage.  On average, they would see an approximate increase of 25 to 34 percent.”

A public meeting on the issue is scheduled for August 13th at 7:00p.m. at the Municipal Center.

Press Release:

Proposed Sewer Rates Increase to Help Offset Expenses

The City of Warrensburg is mindful of the current economic times and has successfully cut costs to absorb increased expenditures but must make the proposed adjustment to sewer rates to address needed infrastructure repairs and balance the escalating costs of electricity, fuel and operational costs that everyone is currently experiencing.

The current sewer rate for residential customers is $3.16 per 6.68 cubic feet of water used. Including the $8 monthly service fee, the residential customer currently pays approximately $29.11 a month. It is recommended that the sewer rate for residential customers be increased to $4.25 per 6.68 cubic feet of water used to total approximately $36.39 a month. The proposed sewer rate results in a 25 percent monthly increase.

The average residential user may have a lower monthly bill depending on water usage during the three winter months of January, February and March. A user’s water usage is averaged over these three winter months to calculate the sewer bill. This is to avoid charging for items like washing cars and watering lawns that take place in the spring, summer and fall months but do not have an impact on the sewer plants’ operations.

Commercial/industrial users can expect an increase of approximately 25 percent to 34 percent, depending on the size of the business.

A public hearing regarding the proposed sewer rate increase is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, August 13 at the Municipal Center, 200 S. Holden St.

For more information, contact Marvin Coleman, Director of Public Works, at 660-747-9135.

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