Orchard City water system

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Here’s a look at the Orchard City water system, from Hank Lohmeyer writing for the Delta County Independent. From the article:

The long-standing policy of the town to keep water rates as low as possible has hurt Orchard City’s ability to get other government grants for system upgrades. Granting agencies want to see the town carry more of a burden in paying for the water system costs by charging higher user fees.

Meanwhile, the Orchard City Town Board approved a 5 percent increase in rates last week. Here’s a report from Hank Lohmeyer writing for the Delta County Independent. From the article:

The rate increase, which applies only to water used and not to the base rate, is in addition to the capital construction fee proposal that would be tacked on to every Orchard City Water bill (see related story). The capital construction fee will be considered at the trustees’ Aug. 12 meeting…

The five-percent use rate increase will apply to every rate class in the town system. For example, the use rate for a single-family home inside-of-town will rise from 94¢ per 1,000 gallons for the first 30,000 gallons to 99¢ (an actual 5.3 percent increase). Before last year’s 10 percent hike, that household was paying 85 cents per 1,000 gallons for the first 30,000. That water customer using 10,000 gallons per month will see their new bill for water use increase by 50 cents per month. That same water user located outside of town will pay $1.16 per 1,000 gallons for the first 10,000 gallons under the new rate. The rate increase was discussed by trustees at a water workshop where they looked at various options, including another 10 percent hike and also raising the base rate. But, the board finally decided on the 5 percent increase primarily because trustees also plan to impose the capital construction surcharge on water billings at their Aug. 12 meeting. That surcharge is likely to be as high as $5 per month for every Orchard City water tap.

The Orchard City Town Board is also considering adding a monthly capital surcharge to existing customers in an effort to raise needed funding. Here’s a report from Hank Lohmeyer writing for the Delta County Independent. From the article:

on July 8, the trustees at their regular monthly meeting heard first reading of an ordinance that would impose a capital surcharge on town all town water bills. The ordinance will receive second reading and likely be voted on at the trustees’ Aug. 12 regular meeting. The amount of the surcharge has not been determined. At their July water workshop session board members discussed amounts of $2.50 or $5 per month. The $5 per month surcharge would raise an estimated $107,000 per year.

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