Hustonville passes water rate increase

June 09, 2004|EMILY BURTON

HUSTONVILLE — After 16 years of stagnate water rates, Hustonville City Council approved an increase last week to pay for skyrocketing insurance rates and future water projects.

The 10 percent increase will take effect with the new water budget at the beginning of the fiscal year July 1. Council members approved the vote five to one, with member Jimmy Lane in opposition.

The rate increase was given first reading in May. At that time, the Advocate reported the price of 2,000 gallons of water would increase from $8.83 to $9.71, while outside the city limits the price would rise from $11.04 to $12.14.

Mayor Larry “Pup” Doss said the increase is justified after so many years and will be used for necessary water projects.


“From Danville to Junction City, we’re going to have to replace that line,” said Doss.

Doss also said the rate would cover the 27 percent increase in insurance rates as well as the $2 price of gas.

“You’ve got city vehicles running every day; it burns a lot of gas,” said Doss.

The rate increase will bring the water department’s budget about $4,000 in extra revenue this year, whereas employee insurance costs rose twice that amount.

Other than that, said Doss, the water budget remained “about the same.”

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