Council approves rate increases
By Tony Farkas
TRINITY — The Trinity City Council has approved increases in water, sewer and solid waste rates.
At its regular meeting on Thursday, the council approved a pair of ordinances that raises rates for city services an average of 13.27 percent.
For customers in the city limits, the cost for water use of 0-2,000 gallons is now $26.50, up from $24; for 2,000-10,000 gallons, $4.40 per 1,000 gallons, up from $4; and for over 10,000 gallons, the cost is $6.05 per 1,000 gallons, up from $5.50.
For customers outside city limits, the cost for water use of 0-2,000 gallons is now $44, up from $40; for 2,000-10,000 gallons, the cost is now $4.40 per 1,000 gallons, up from $4; and for use over 10,000 gallons, the cost is $6.05 per 1,000 gallons, up (from $5.50).
Sewer rates for single family residential, multi-family and commercial property, both inside and outside of the city limits, are now $12.50, up from $10.50, for 0-2,000 gallons; and for 2,000 and more, the cost is $3.45 per 1,000 gallons, up from $3.
Dumpster service will increase $10 per account.
Council Member Clegg DeWalt said that periodic price changes are necessary to keep the city from operating in the red, as it was several years ago.
The city, according to City Manager Tim King, had lost $250,000 in the first three months of this fiscal year, which could mean without the price hikes, the city could lose $1 million in a year’s time, based on increased costs.
The city also has seen increases in costs amounting to 30 percent.
The new rates only will generate about $10,600 a month in additional revenue; however, Mayor Billy Goodin said there was no way to raise rates to allow those utilities to operate in the black.
The new rates will become effective March 1.
In a related matter, the city approved an ordinance requiring shut-off valves on the customer side of the water meter for any new construction in the city.
The ordinance also states that if water is shut off for major repairs, a valve will need to be installed then.
All other residences will be grandfathered in.
The city will help install valves for a $25 cost.
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