Purdy city council delays sewer rate hike

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

City's residents must meet 2 percent median income requirement

The Purdy City Council took no action in November toward raising sewer rates in light of the $4.6 million revenue bond passing to build a sewer pipeline to Monett.

Mayor Steve Roden said engineers with Allgeier, Martin and Associates have been in touch with potential funding sources offering grants and loans to the city, letting them know the city met its requirement for consideration. The city could not apply for funding until the bond issue passed.

The engineering firm will write the grant and loan applications. Funding had been offered through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program.

Under requirements for funding, city residents must meet the national average of paying 2 percent of their median income on sewer service. Presently, residents pay around $40 a month, and the 2 percent threshhold has been estimated at around $60 a month.

Roden said no solid figure has been calculated yet to determine the 2 percent amount. He did not plan to ask aldermen to raise sewer rates until he had an exact figure from the engineers.

Aldermen Ken Real and Bo Prock suggested mailing a periodic newsletter to all city residents to keep them up to date on the latest development. Other council members agreed. Because Purdy mails its utility bills as postcards, a separate mailing from the monthly billing will be necessary for updates.

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