City residents will pay more for water next month when they begin receiving water from the Wheeler Branch Reservoir, but they will not see a hike in city taxes.
The Glen Rose City Council Monday night approved the new water rates, which will take effect with bills mailed on Oct. 1.
The council also voted to keep the city’s tax rate the same as last year — 40.17 cents per $100 of assessed property value.
The new residential and commercial water rates are:
Residential — Base charge is $15.10; up to 10,000 gallons is $5.10; up to 50,000 gallons, $5.80; up to 100,000 gallons, $6.60; up to 1 million gallons, $7.60.
Commercial — Base charge is $20.35; up to 10,000 gallons is $5.50; up to 50,000 is $5.85; up to 100,000 gallons is $6.60; up to 1 million gallons is $7.60.
Residential sewer costs will be $20 up to 1,000 gallons and $3.10 for each 1,000 gallons thereafter.
Commercial sewer costs will be $25 up to 1,000 gallons and $3.50 for each 1,000 gallons thereafter.
Construction water will cost $8 per 1,000 gallons. Industrial sewer customers will pay $27 up to 1,000 gallons.
Deposits also are going up. They will cost $150 for residential, $200 for small commercial, $700 for restaurants and $1,000 for large commercial.
A reconnect fee of $100 will charged if a customer’s water has been turned off after non-payment of a bill. The transfer fee, returned check fee and service call fee are each $35.
Mayor Pro Tem Bob Stricklin said he understood why water rates increased, but did not understand why deposits and fees rose.
City Secretary Peggy Busch said those were given to her by Cliff May, the city’s auditor.
“He felt it necessary to raise the to cover our liabilities,” she said.
Stricklin said he hated to see deposits go up at a time when many people are struggling financially.
“It only applies to new people coming in,” Busch said. “It’s not retroactive.”
Anyone who cannot pay the higher fees can “work with us,” Busch added. “We work out all sorts of arrangements.”