Public hearing on Smithville utility rate increase Oct. 19

A public hearing with the Smithville Board of Aldermen will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, to allow the public an opportunity to discuss pending utility rate increases.

SMITHVILLE — A public hearing with the Smithville Board of Aldermen will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, to allow the public an opportunity to discuss pending utility rate increases.

“In November 2018, Raftelis Financial Consultants, LLC presented a five-year plan for recommended water and sewer rate increases to pay for capital improvement upgrades to the city’s water and wastewater system. Previous changes to the utility rate structure and rate increases were effective June 2019, March 2020 and March 2021. The fourth set of proposed rate increases would be effective Nov. 1 for residential and commercial accounts,” states a city release. “Once approved, you will see this increase on your December 2021 utility bill.”

The proposed rate increases from the last effective increase in March are: 56 cents per month for a ¾-inch water meter service charge for a total of $11.77, $2.20 for water usage of 5,000 gallons for a total of $41.65, 2 cents for 53 cents total for the residential water sales tax, $1.46 for wastewater service charge for a total of $16.02 and $4.20 for wastewater usage of 5,000 gallons for a total of $33.40.

For more information, call City Hall at 532-3897.

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