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CITY WATER AND SEWER RATES LIKELY TO INCREASE TO PAY FOR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS

CITY WATER AND SEWER RATES LIKELY TO INCREASE TO PAY FOR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS CITY WATER AND SEWER RATES LIKELY TO INCREASE TO PAY FOR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS

$58.5 MILLION IN IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED OVER THE NEXT DECADE   

One thing was clear after Friday’s second day of retreat for Hendersonville City Council: a change in water and sewer rates will be the preferred way to pay for some $58.5 million in capital improvements to the system over the next ten years.

Hendersonville City Manager John Connet pointed out there’s a lot of upgrading to be done to the system, much of it involving aging water and sewer lines.

He also explained that much of the system is, or will be, tied to at least eight major DOT projects that will be digging up dirt and changing the local infrastructure.

City Council, some time back, hired a Charlotte-based financial consulting firm o conduct a formal study of water and sewer rates....and that firm’s study concluded the city will need to raise rates 20 to 25 per cent over the next five years to pay for it all.

This will mean a change in “fixed” rates and a all new rate structure based on the size of lines involved...theory being the larger the line, the more it is used and the more should be changed for it. As City Council Member Jeff Miller pointed out, this could actually mean a rate reduction for smaller users...who use smaller lines...and the larger users, like the laundry he owns and operates will have to, as Miller put it, “suck it up”.

What’s known as the “outside customer differential”...the amount paid by customers outside the city...will likely rermain the sam, 150 per cent of what customers inside the city pay.

City Council has instructed city staff to continue to be proactive and look to the future regarding local infrastructure...and ways to pay for it.

The annual planning retreat started late last week...and continued on Friday.

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