By Matt Werner
The Whitestown Town Council approved a new water rate for residents that will result in a net increase of $3.96 for an average residential user.
The council held a public hearing and adopted the ordinance for the new rate during its Tuesday night, June 11, meeting. Under the new structure, a minimal residential user, who uses up to 2,000 gallons per month, will pay $27.03.
While the overall result is a net increase, many residential users in the southern area of Whitestown will see a decrease.
“Somebody on the south system in Royal Run, their bill used to be on average $46.59, but now it is going down to $27.03,” Town Councilor Susan Austin said. “Everybody in the system will be paying the same rate; so people on the north system will see their rates increase a little bit.”
Resident Linda Blackburn asked when the new rate would take effect.
“If we adopt, there is a 14-day remonstrance period,” Austin said. “We would probably wait until the August billing cycle so we can make sure that we are applying it correctly.”
Resident Clarence Brabson asked if there would still be hydrant fees and fire fees, which are separate from the water fee under the old rate structure.
“The total bill includes the hydrant fee,” Austin said. “The fire fee is being eliminated, but the hydrant fee is going from $7.78 to $4.91, but that is included in the $27.03 total. The money from the hydrant fee is money that is put to hydrant changes and technology changes. As things are aging, we have to be ready if the fire department gets new equipment.”
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.