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New water, sewer rates go into effect in May PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

Imperial utility customers can expect to see some slight increases in their water and sewer rates starting in May.
The city council approved resolutions at their meeting Monday, increasing rates for both those utilities.
According to a recent audit of each department through a Nebraska Rural Water Association study, it was suggested rates be raised to stave off continued losses in revenue.
According to the study, Imperial’s wastewater department lost $18,000 last year, and another $16,000 in 2008.
In 2008 and 2009, the city’s water department lost about $40,000.
Council member Lynn Luhrs expressed some concern at the meeting that suggested rate increases were the highest recommended by the Rural Water Association auditors. She wondered if the city should take such a huge jump in the rates all at once.
Referring to the water rate proposals, Luhrs said, “I’m not sure we need to increase both the meter rate and usage fees all at once.”
Council member Doug Gaswick said he didn’t think the rate changes would be that noticeable for most homeowners.
The council approved both resolutions on the rate changes on 4-0 votes.
Other action taken at Monday’s meeting will follow in stories next week.