LANCASTER - The amount water customers would pay each month in the wake of a $1.135 million water line improvement project depends on whether or not the city receives a Community Development Block Grant that could fund nearly half the project.
That's according to interim Utility Manager Millard Rose, who told the City Council Monday that water customers would pay 63 cents more a month if the $568,000 grant is approved. If it's not approved, customers would pay $1.49 more.
"Are we ready to throw the grant away?" Rose asked the council.
An earlier attempt to acquire the CDBG failed because a survey of Lancaster households did not show at least 50 percent of them being low to moderate income. City officials say Lancaster has a better chance of receiving the grant if it meets that statistic.
In addition, half of the surveys sent out must be correctly filled out and returned. In the previous survey distributed by the Lancaster Rotary Club, only 125 of 475 forms were returned.