January 6, 2016 Edition

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Hoxie increases 2016
water, sanitation rates

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

The Hoxie City Council approved rate increases for water and garbage collection during a meeting on Dec. 29. The increases were both considered necessary due to cost increases associated with the Regional Water Authority and Northeast Arkansas Solid Waste.

Water rates for residential and commercial customers are now $7 for the first thousand gallons, up from $5.90, as well as for each subsequent 1,000 gallons up to 35,000. Water used over 35,000 will cost $4.60 per thousand gallons. Industrial customers will be charged $7 per thousand gallons for all usage.

Mayor Lanny Tinker explained that this increase would garner a projected $52,323 for the 2016 year, which will help offset the water and sewer funds combined loss of about $43,749 in 2015.

Garbage collection monthly rates were set at $8 for each residence, up from $7. Commercial rates are set at $15 to $28 for businesses without a dumpster and $25 to $175 for businesses with dumpsters, based on amount of garbage generated and frequency of pickup.

In other business, aldermen:

adopted a temporary budget for 2016 to allow more time to finalize the budgets of certain small accounts within the city. The temporary budget, based on the 2015 budget, is in effect until Jan. 31 or a 2016 budget is approved.

approved the first and second readings of an ordinance to rezone certain property on Andrews Street in the Raney's Third Addition from R-1 to R-2 to allow for Genesis Property Development, LLC, to build three duplexes. The third and final reading will be voted on at the January meeting.

amended the city's personnel policy handbook to cap compensatory time at 60 hours unless the mayor sees it necessary to increase this amount to 100 hours in order to keep the city functioning normally.

approved the purchase of a Massey Ferguson 5435-4 tractor from Cox Implement Co., Inc., at the cost of $25,695.

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