Cedar­town dis­cusses wa­ter fees

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - SJ Cor­re­spon­dent

The com­mis­sion be­gan a con­ver­sa­tion about the city’s wa­ter fees and a po­ten­tial in­crease in what cus­tomers are pay­ing for a base rate of wa­ter dur­ing a re­cent com­mis­sion work ses­sion.

The Dec. 4 work ses­sion supplied only an op­por­tu­nity to talk out any wor­ries or trou­bles in­volved with amend­ing the rates.

“It is some­thing that we need to look at,” city man­ager Bill Fann said. “There’s been no changes in the rate struc­ture since 2010, and we have one of the low­est base rates in the area.”

Cur­rently, Cedar­town res­i­dents pay $10 for the first 500 cu­bic feet of wa­ter and an ad­di­tional $2.24 for ev­ery ex­tra 100 cu­bic feet.

Rock­mart cus­tomers pay $8.84 per cu­bic foot with an ad­di­tional $3.31 per 100 cu­bic feet of wa­ter, and Polk County cus­tomers pay $14.19 for 267 cu­bic feet of wa­ter with an ad­di­tional $4.60 for ev­ery 100 cu­bic feet used.

“267 cu­bic feet is the base rate stan­dard for all of the other 6 en­ti­ties here,” Fann said. “Polk County, Bre­men, Rock­mart, Cave Springs, Tal­lapoosa. That 267 cu­bic feet amounts to 2,000 gal­lons. Our base rate is for 500 cu­bic feet which is 3,740 gal­lons.”

Cedar­town cus­tomers are pay­ing a sim­i­lar price as the other lo­cal en­ti­ties for nearly dou­ble the wa­ter neigh­bor­ing ar­eas re­ceive.

“Just chang­ing the base rate to 2,000 in­stead of 3,740 would make a dif­fer­ence leav­ing ev­ery­thing else the same,” Fann said.

Com­mis­sion­ers pro­vided no com­ment so far, and no rate changes are an­tic­i­pated in the near fu­ture. Fann said they did ask for more in­for­ma­tion about the is­sue as to the ex­act cost for each cus­tomer class and other op­tions that might be avail­able in­stead of rate in­crease.

Fann wanted the dis­cus­sion be­cause wa­ter and waste­water rev­enues have been down 14 per­cent for 2017, while ex­penses to treat wa­ter and waste­water have gone up about 7 per­cent over the same pe­riod.

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