Lepanto Council approves increase in water rates
During their regular monthly meeting Tuesday night, the Lepanto City Council approved an ordinance increasing water rates. Mayor Dale Dunlap said the new rates, which go into effect Jan. 1, are still cheaper than most cities in the state and that the reason for increase is to keep up with the expense of maintenance and repairs. "Everything's got so expensive that we're so far behind on everything," Dunlap said.
The new rates are:
*First 2,000 gallons (minimum per month)--city water $8.75, city sewer $8.50, rural water $16.50, 2003 rural water expansion $26.50.
*Next 3,000 gallons (per 1,000 gallons)--city water 1.75, city sewer $2, rural water $2.75, 2003 rural water expansion $2.75.
*Next 5,000 gallons (per 1,000 gallons)--city water 1.25, city sewer $1.25, rural water $1.75, 2003 rural water expansion $1.75.
*Over 10,000 gallons (per 1,000 gallons)--city water 1.10, city sewer $1.10, rural water $1.25, 2003 rural water expansion $1.25.
In other business, the council approved the amended 2016 budget and received copies of the 2017 budget to review for the next meeting. One of the things the council was asked to look at between now and then are salary increases for city employees.