City to hold public hearing on Nov. 3

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

On Thursday, Nov. 3, the Cassville City Council will hold a public hearing to discuss a plan to develop new water and sewer rates. The hearing, which is scheduled to be held at the Cassville City Hall, will begin at 6 p.m.

Although aldermen originally voted to hold the hearing on Oct. 24, the city is legally required to publish a notice of public hearing 30 days prior to the event. In order to meet that requirement, the council changed the date of the hearing.

During the public hearing on Nov. 3, city officials will present the rate plan that was adopted by the council on Sept. 19.

According to the plan, the base rate for residential water will increase from $10.27 to $11.50 and the per 1,000-gallon usage charge will increase from $1.80 to $5.25. The base rate for sewer services will decrease from $8.90 to $7, and the usage charge will increase from $2.92 to $7.50.

In addition to increasing the residential water and sewer rates, the plan increases the base rate for commercial water services. Businesses that use one- to two-inch meters will pay a base rate of $23, and businesses that use three- or four-inch meters will pay a base rate of $28.50.

The commercial water usage rate will be the same as the residential usage rate, and the basic and usage rates for sewer services will mirror the residential rates. Surcharges may apply to businesses that require pre-treatment of wastewater.

The Cassville City Council will hear comments and questions from members of the public during the hearing. All interested community members are encouraged to attend.

For more information, call the Cassville City Hall at 847-4441.

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