Bronson water and sewer proves recurring dilemma

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

A solution to rates and fees associated with water and sewer in the Town of Bronson continues to elude officials there.

Council members voted unanimously Monday night to again postpone a decision on rates for water and sewer use, agreeing that the latest proposal, which would more than double rates for most, was still too high.

Staff presented council with a plan that would charge a base rate for both water and sewer usage on the first 2,000 gallons of usage, less than half of the 5,000 initial gallons town residents and businesses are currently having the rate based on.

"That's a mighty big jump ... and we're talking about people who can't afford sewage ..." said council member Beatrice Roberts, referring to recent debates about what to charge town residents and businesses to hookup to new water and sewer lines.

The new rates, when established, will serve as incentive for Bronson residents to conserve water, a measure required by the town's water use permit issued by the Suwannee River Water Management District. Bronson's water and sewer rates have not changed in nearly 20 years.

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