UPDATE: Jasper City Council Approves Water Rate Hike (with AUDIO)

JASPER (NNDC) – The Jasper City Council has given final approval to a 17% rate hike for city water utility customers.  The council approved the increase during its regular monthly meeting Wednesday night.  The rate will be reflected in August utility bills.   The average water bill will see a hike of $5-6 a month.

OUR EARLIER STORY ON THE RATE HIKE (April 8, 2015)

JASPER (NNDC) – As expected, the water committee of Jasper’s Utility Services Board has approved a 17% rate increase for water customers

This will be the first water rate increase in five years.  Jasper’s utilities general manager Bud Hauersperger says two mandated, but unfunded, projects attributed to needed rate increase.  Those projects are the yet to be completed $1.4 million ultraviolet filtration system for the water plant and the completed $3.3 million Beaver Lake Dam & Spillway project.  Federal and state grant money paid for much of the Beaver Lake project, but the city’s cost was still about $1 million…

The 17% increase is still much lower than the 25-28% increase that was first recommended to city official following a rate study completed last month.

The last increase in Jasper’s water rates was 37% in 2010. That the was the first rate increase since 1995.

This increase will result in the average water customer’s bill (based on 5,000 gallons usage a month) to increase from $35.56 to $41.63.

Both the city’s utilities board and the city council must give their approval of the rate increase. If both panels do, the rate increase will appear on the August bill.

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