BEAN STATION – Bean Station Utility District (BSUD) increased utility rates at its meeting Tuesday, October 12. 

The board increased the rates from a minimum rate of $24 per 1,500 gallons of water to $27 per 1,500 gallons of water. This will increase the utility district’s rate of $4.30 for 1,000 to 8,000 gallons of water and $5 for more than 9,500 gallons. 

Utility Manager Tammy Wilson suggested a flat rate of $27 to offset expenses. Wilson said many customers had minimal bills. 

For BSUD to install a tap, customers currently pay $650 in comparison to $1,000 for other utility districts, according to Wilson. 

A regular tap will now cost customers $1,150. Wilson said she was considering charging $1,200 to install a one-inch meter and with anything more than one inch. Superintendent Jeff Atkins will determine the cost based on supply. 

Wilson said a $100 meter deposit and a $50 connection fee would remain the same. 

She said the increase would absorb some of the expenses the utility is incurring from the increase to the cost of supplies. Morristown Utility Systems informed BSUD of a price increase for water during the utility’s July meeting. 

BSUD has not increased its utility rates since 2017, according to Wilson. 

Commissioner Keith Rich made a motion to increase utility rates as suggested by Wilson. Commissioner Melissa Wells seconded the motion. It passed unanimously. 

The next BSUD meeting will be held Tuesday, November 9 at 2 p.m.