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Erath citizens may see small hike in August sewer bill

Aldermen had no choice to modify adjustment of bill

ERATH - In August, Erath residents may see a slight increase in their sewer rates after the Erath Aldermen adopt a $2.10 rate increase if residents use more than 2,000 gallons of water a month.
At Monday night’s aldermen meeting, a new ordinance was introduced to modify sewer rates in the town of Erath. At the next meeting in July, the aldermen are expected to approve rate adjustment, and it will go into effect in August.
The current sewer rate structure has residents paying $16 a month for the first 2,000 gallons used, and then an additional $5 for the next 1,000 gallons after that. For commercial sewer users, it is $19 per 2,000 gallons and $5 per 1,000 gallons, after that.
The new ordinance introduced Monday keeps the monthly rate at $16 for residents and $19 for commercial use; however, the rate increase is for the use of an additional 1,000 gallons. Starting in August, it will now be $7.10 for residents and commercial.
Erath Mayor Taylor Mencacci said the town had no choice but to make a rate
adjustment because the United States Agriculture Department (USDA) is asking the town for a rate increase to help pay for the USDA loan the town took out to help modify Erath’s sewage plant.
“The rate increase is to stay within the USDA requirements for the sewage plant bond,” said Mencacci. “Sewage revenue (rate for citizens) must be equal to the total expenses of the sewage department. Unfortunately, with this larger sewer plant, the expenses are higher than projected years back.”

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