City's water, sewer rates to increase

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By Linda Ireland

Hodgenville City Council held second reading of an ordinance Monday that will increase the cost of water and sewer service.
The first reading was held Nov. 23 at a special meeting.
Sewer rates will increase by 10 percent and the minimum water rate will increase by 7.5 percent in 2012. Annual increases through 2015 will go into effect with publication of the ordinance.
Combined minimum water and sewer rates will be $8.94 higher by 2015 than current rates.
Mayor Terry Cruse said the rates have not been increased since 2004.
The rate increase will be used to pay off a 20-year $2 million loan from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority, according to Cruse. The money will be used to upgrade sewer and water lines.
Woodie Handley cast the sole “no” vote on the measure.
Several people spoke in favor of funding the improvements at the November meeting. No audience members spoke at Monday’s meeting.
Current water rates are $18.34 for minimum 3,000 gallons; sewer rate is $15.60 for minimum 3,000 gallons.
Proposed in-city water rates are:
2012 – Minimum - $19.72, Sewer - $17.16
2013 – $20.71, Sewer - $18.19
2014 – $21.74, Sewer - $19.10
2015 – $22.83, Sewer - $20.05
Outside city limits:
Current water rate for outside city limits is $28.33 for minimum 3,000 gallons; $8 per next 7,000 gallons.
Proposed outside city water rates are:
2012 – $29.56
2013 – $31.04
2014 – $32.59
2015 – $34.22
For more information about the rate increases, call City Hall at 358-3832.
In other business:
• In response to a question at last month’s meeting, Cruse said he had checked into a situation about taxes owed by a couple who just learned they lived within city limits. He said past taxes, sewer and water bills could be waived for individuals who did not realize they were in the city limits and had not received a bill.
• Hodgenville Fire Chief Wally Sparks said there were two fire runs in November. He thanked the council and mayor for the gifts that were presented to firefighters at Sunday’s Christmas dinner. Sparks said it was the first time he could recall that being done and the firefighters “really appreciated it.”
n Cruse reminded council members of Free Movie Night on Saturday. “A Miracle on 34th Street” will be played 7 p.m. at City Hall.