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Council votes to raise water rates ID 0 Rate increase impacts water users in excess of 5,000 gallons per month By Mike Lakin The current water rate has a service charge of $3.25 for 0 to 999 gallons. Starting at I000 gallons to 1999 gallons the rate is $5.52 per thousand gallons of water usage. Starting at 2000 gallons to 4999 gallons the rate is $4.64 per thousand gallons of water usage. Then, starting at 5000 gallons, the rate is $3.64 per thousand gallons of water usage. Following that rate are seVeral lower step rates that give large water users discounts. The dty Council discussion on increasing water rates for city customers using over 5000 gal- lons per month was continued from the last Council meeting. The discussion at that meeting would eliminate all discounts that are in place for customers that use over 5000 gallons of water per month. Coundlmember Darrell Knauer open the discussion stating that water customers that use over 5000 gallons of water per month would see an increase in their water rates. He added that the increase was needed to meet the repair expense for the water tower and the future purchase of new water meters for the city. The rate increase would also bring the water rate in line with what it costs to provide the water. Darrell added that at this time there are two special rate sur- charges on monthly bills that everyone pays. Darrell suggested that the rate to be paid on customers using 5000 gallons or more water per month be raised to $4..This would eliminate any water rate discounts that exist. Councilmember Joyce Max- heimer asked if the rate increase could be done in two different steps. She asked if they could raise the rate half now and half later on. Darrell replied that the city had to meet some finan- cial obligations that required the rate to be in place now. He added that both Atlanta and Chestnut water rates are higher than the city's rate at this time. Darrell explained that it costs $2.80 to produce 1000 gallons of water delivered to a cus- tomer. The largest water con- sumers for the city, with a dis- count, pay $.89 per thousand gallons. This requires the city to absorb the cost along with other water users. Councilmember Sue Stewart said she agreed the city had to adjust its water rates to meet its financial obligations, but she was concerned that the larger water users were going to see their water rate increase four times over within a month. Coundlmember John Utter- back said that this matter has been under discussion for months and that a vote was needed to see if there was going to be an increase or not. He added that there were no excess funds available for anything and the rates needed to be raised. Continued Page 15 0" Police Report - By Mike Lakin 0 Ofc. Todd Bauer was called to a Mt Pulaski. residence concerning a disturbance. On arriv- ing, the suspect valiantly fled on foot. While Ofc. Bauer was still-at the residence, the suspect returned and was promptly arrested. 0 When you live in Mt Pulaski the police know when you fail to appear on a driving under the influence charge - they just know and they come and get you. Ofc. Kyle Veech made the arrest. Wisconsin man claims that eating beer battered fish caused him to get his tenth DUI. Local Bankers.., Making Local Decisions... g Local Needs Do You Know Who You Can Trust? It's a hard choice in today's financial Marketplace. With so many banks and other financial companies trying to get your business, it's hard to know who really has your best interest at heart. What's the solution? Placing your trust in A Real Community Bank@ solves that problem. Because only banks qualified to display this banking seal of approval are dedicated to hometown values and hometown commitment. x% As A Real Community Bank@, we're committed to the community where we live and work. Committed to making all our decisions locally and remaining  focused on the needs of our customers and community. Come visit and tell us how we can serve you. JFARME:RS r: "ATB" BANK orM J-, 792-5211 130 S, Washington St. Mt Pulaski www.farm-bank.com