Council Considers Water Rate Increases And 2019 Street Projects
Eureka city councilmembers discussed increasing water rates during their first meeting of 2019, held last Monday, January 14. It was the first meeting led by new mayor and former council president, Michael Countryman, after previous mayor Terry Doerr resigned. In old business, the council elected Brian Mills to serve as the new council president.
During discussion, the council agreed that they would rather make small increases every one to two years, instead of larger increases every five years. The last rate change was approved in July 2016, when the council voted on a 30-cent increase. The current minimum monthly rate for 0-2,000 gallons is $10.45. The council discussed another 30-cent increase this time, and will review more information next meeting. It was mentioned that a 25-cent increase would equal about $44,000 annually. The council will also review sewer rates at the next meeting. Reasons for the increase included keeping up with the rising costs of production. The income produced by water and sewer comes out to about 75% of the city’s annual budget.
In other business, the council discussed several options for 2019 street projects to be funded by the 1-cent sales tax. City administrator Ian Martell presented approximate figures for various streets in town, including: Poplar Street from 13th to West River; Vermont Street from Main to Jefferson; Jefferson Street from 6th to River; Plum Street from 3rd to 7th; and Marriot Drive from River to Village Lane. The estimated costs totaled $265,866.09.
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