Archive for Thursday, January 28, 2010

Council declines breaks for small water users

January 28, 2010

After a review of data, the De Soto City Council agreed fee breaks for small water and sewer users were not needed.

The council agreed to consider some form of fee reduction for customers using small amounts of water and sewer when it voted earlier this month to increase water and sewer rates.

To that end, city engineer Mike Brungardt presented proposals that would have created a lower base water rate for small users but also added additional step charges for small-use customers for use exceeding 500 or 1,000 gallons a month. All city customers pay a $17.90 base rate plus an additional per step of water used in excess of 1,500 gallons.

The overall effect of the changes would decrease the water bills of those using less than 2,000 gallons a month from $2 to $3 a month while minimally increasing the bill of those using from 2,000 to 6,000 gallons a month.

Council members thanked Brungardt for the effort, but noted proposals did very little. They and the city engineer also questioned whether the list of small water users was truly the low-income residents they hoped to give a break.

It was also decided a rebate program based on income would be a headache for the city to administer.

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