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May 24, 2017

BMA approves water/sewer rate hike


Tracey Wolfe
Grainger Today Editor
RUTLEDGE – Rutledge water customers will soon have new rates for water service. The Rutledge Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to approve the first reading of an ordinance to increase fees associated with water and sewage usage during its meeting, Thursday, May 11. The new fees for residential water customers will be a minimum charge of $17.61 for water usage up to 2,000 gallons. Customers exceeding 2,000 gallons of water usage will be charged $6.15 per 1,000 gallons. Commercial customers will have a minimum charge of $18.61 for water usage up to 2,000 gallons. Commercial customers exceeding 2,000 gallons of water usage will be charged $7.90 for each additional 1,000 gallons of usage. Service charges and fees for residential water customers are: • Connection fee – $60 owner; $75 rental; • Water tap fee – $750 plus 1.1 percent of actual cost; • Apartment transfer – $25 (within same complex); • Reconnection fee – $30; • Reread meter fee – $25; • Returned check fee – $35; and • Meter replacement fee – $1 per month. Service charges and fees for commercial water customers are: • Connection fee – $65, owner; $80, rental; • Water tap fee – $1,000 plus 1.1 percent of actual cost; and • Meter replacement fee – $1 per month. Optional fees for both residential and commercial customers are: • Leak protection – $1.85 per month • Water line protection – $4.40 per month • Sewer line protection – $6.50 per month Sewer rates for residential customers will be a minimum charge of $21.60 for the first 2,000 gallons of usage. Additional usage will be charged at a rate of $7.35 per 1,000 gallons. For commercial customers, the sewage rates will be a minimum of $23.10 for up to 2,000 gallons of usage and $7.50 for each additional 1,000 gallons of usage. Service charges and fees for residential sewer customers are: • Connection fee – $60 owner; $75 rental; and • Sewer tap fee – $750 plus 1.1 percent of actual cost. Service charges and fees for commercial sewer customers are:
• Connection fee – $65 owner; $75 rental; and • Sewer tap fee – $1,000 plus 1.1 percent of actual cost. A valid driver license or photo ID, social security number and a copy of a rental or lease agreement for those renting property will be required to be approved for water/sewer service. The new charges and fees will be effective July 1. According to Chief Financial Officer Stacy Harbin, the city has received positive feedback from Rutledge water customers who have utilized the optional Servline plan to cover costs associated with water leaks and pipe breaks. Harbin said the program has paid more than $3,000 in claims so far

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