By David Green
CALVERT CITY – Water and sewer rates will go up by 3.1 percent, starting with bills going out at the end of the month.
The adjustment, approved by City Council in its monthly meeting Jan. 9, is in accordance with an ordinance passed by the city five years ago tying the rate to the consumer price index reflecting costs for all urban consumers in the southern U.S.
“It’s not always an increase,” city clerk Ralph Howard said. “Two years ago, it went down.”
The adjustment in 2010 was a 0.7 percent reduction, while last year the rate increased 1.9 percent.
Customers will see only an incremental change in their bills, Howard said. “It’s not a big effect.”
The adjustment for a $25 bill for water and sewer services would be 78 cents. Howard noted that the adjustment does not affect the charge ($7 or $10) for trash pickup that is included in some customers’ bills.
“My bill averages about $20 and $10 of that is for trash pick-up,” he said. That would make the increase about 30 cents for a consumer with a similarly itemized bill.
In other matters, council gave final approval to changes in the municipal budget. Initial action was taken in the December meeting, in which transfers of $427,000 from the capital projects fund and $25,749 from the special revenue fund were approved.