Expect water rate hike

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April 9, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Iola City Council members discussed the best strategy to closing what has become an ongoing budget gap in the city’s water department.

As it stands, Iola projects to spend about $280,000 more to treat and deliver water to its residents in 2018 than it will recoup in revenue, City Administrator Sid Fleming said.

While no vote was taken Monday, the consensus among the Council members was to institute rate and meter fee increases of 7.5 or 10 percent over each of the next two or three years. Additionally, the Council favored making this year’s $600,000 water plant bond payment with Capital Projects Fund monies instead of using revenues from the water fund.

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