City water rates set to go up

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

Chiefland Mayor Teal Pomeroy says he’s always been proud of the city’s low water rates.  They haven’t been adjusted in seven years.
“Outsiders have come in and said, ‘Oh, you have to raise your rates,’ ” Pomeroy said at Monday night’s commission meeting.  He said his response has always been, “Well, no we don’t.”
But, as it turns out, they do.  Expenses in the city’s water department have nearly doubled in the last six years, while revenue from the sale of water has continued to fall, according to city documents.
Commissioners voted 4-1 Monday night in favor of raising the rates.  The average resident and business, using less than 6,000 gallons of water per month, will see a $2.84 increase to their water bill by the end of the upcoming fiscal year.  

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