Thursday, 09 May 2013 13:20
Two months ago the West Point City Council voted to raise sewer use fees for its utility customers.
Last night (Tuesday), the council boosted water rates 5 percent, and City Administrator Tom Goulette hinted near the end of the meeting that, come June, a discussion will take place on electric rates.
The city may be looking at a 9 percent or more jump in what it pays for electricity, he said.
Goulette said the water rates need the upward adjustment to raise more revenue to cover the cost of the water plant, including bond payments.
He said last year was a good one as far as water sales go, but the two previous years sales were down. Also still a factor in water department revenue is the loss of West Point Dairy as a city water customer.
The typical residential water customer will see about an 80-cent to 90-cent bump on their water bill each month.
The rates were also raised 5 percent last year and in 2011.