Public hearing is Thursday

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Cassville residents interested in posing questions or voicing concerns about a water and sewer rate increase plan currently being reviewed by the city council will have an opportunity to do so on Thursday night.

A public hearing will be held at the Cassville City Hall council chambers at 6 p.m. on Nov. 3.

During the public hearing, 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 be $11.50 and the per 1,000-gallon usage charge will be $5.25. The base rate for sewer services will be $7 and the usage charge will be $7.50.

Cassville's current base rates are $10.27 for water and $8.90 for sewer services. The usage charges are currently set at $1.80 per 1,000 gallons for water and $2.92 per 1,000 gallons for sewer.

The plan that is being reviewed by the Cassville City Council also includes a change 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.

All interested community members are encouraged to attend the Nov. 3 meeting.

For more information on the water and sewer rate plan, call the Cassville City Hall at 847-4441.

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