White hikes water, sewer rates
by Neil McGahee
Apr 08, 2014 | 742 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Faced with rising expenses and diminished revenue, the White City Council voted Monday to raise water and sewer rates in order to pay for a $3.7 million citywide sewer system expansion.

“Our expenses increased considerably more than our revenue,” City Manager Jane Richards said. “We pay the city of Cartersville to treat our sewage and that cost increased by almost $19,000 from 2012 to 2013. Our other expenses increased by more than $13,000. At the same time, our revenues remained almost the same.”

The project, which is funded by a $969,700 grant and a $2,805,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will provide sewer service to nearly all residences and businesses within the corporate limits of White. The loan will be repaid at 3 percent interest over a 40-year term by sewer service revenues.

Richards reminded the council that they had agreed in 2012 to incorporate a three-tier pricing system — one tier each year — to insure there was enough money to cover expenses of the project as stipulated by the USDA. In the past year, however, council has been hesitant to raise water and sewer rates.

“We’ve gotta go up,” Mayor Chris Allen said. “There is no way around that.”

Council voted to raise monthly water rates by 18 percent from $11 to $12 and raise the monthly sewer rates by 6 percent from $34 to $35.

In other business, the council:

• appointed Steve Oliver, Kim Nicholson and Gary Crisp to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

• appointed Jane Richards, David Matthews, David Richards, Gary Crisp and Tom Shinall to the planning commission.

• announced the White City Spring Fest would be held Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park adjacent to city hall.

White City Council will hold its next meeting Monday, May 5.