August 3, 2016 Edition

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WR water, sewer
public meeting set

The city of Walnut Ridge will hold a public meeting to discuss water and sewer rates Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the courtroom behind the Police Department.

With City Water Works losing in excess of $33,700 in its last fiscal year, and a required paint fee of $100,000 for the water tower at Stewart Park fast approaching, an increase is considered necessary to keep city water and sewer functioning independently.

Water board representatives presented Mayor Charles Snapp with a plan that would only increase the rate of the first 1,000 gallons of water to $10, a $4.10 increase. After the first 1,000 gallons, rates would drop down to $5.90 per 1,000, which is the current rate.

With this proposed increase, 4,000 gallons monthly water use would cost $27.70. It currently stands at $23.60. Comparison water rates for 4,000 gallons usage are as follows: Corning, $31.50; Hoxie, $28; Pocahontas, $22.20; Tuckerman, $33.75.

Sewer rates will also be looked at during the meeting. Current rates are $3.50 per 1,000 gallons for the first 2,000 gallons and $4.40 afterwards. A proposed rate increase of 90 cents for each of the first 2,000 gallons will be discussed.

With this adjustment, rates would remain flat at $4.40 per 1,000 gallons. A 4,000 gallons monthly usage would be $17.60 after the increase. The current cost is $15.80 for 4,000. Comparison sewer rates for 4,000 gallon usage are as follows: Corning, $20.13; Hoxie, $19.20; Pocahontas, $15.56; Tuckerman, $18.50.

The last sewer rate increase was in 2003. The last water rate increase was 2014.

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