WILLIAMSON – Williamson Mayor and Chairman of the Utility Board, Robert Carlton, announced some positive news regarding the city of Williamson’s contract with Veolia Water on Tuesday.
In an email, Carlton explained that through negotiations, Veolia has agreed not to implement a three (3) percent rate increase for the upcoming fiscal year. As a result, Carlton explained that the Utility Board will save a substantial amount of money.
“In February, as Chairman of the Williamson Utility Board, I began discussions with the Utility Board and Veolia about the impending July 1, 2016 automatic three (3) percent rate increase that is in the contract. I participated in a conference call with approximately 7 other representatives including attorneys for the Williamson Utility Board, Bob Rodecker and John McGee, and top administrative personnel for Veolia. After lengthy discussions Veolia has relented and agreed not to implement a three (3) percent rate increase for the coming contract year and other provisions of the contract are unaffected for the July 1, 2016 to June 30 2017 contract year. This is tremendous news, saving the Utility Board approximately $60,000 through the end of the next fiscal year,” Cartlon said.
Carlton continued stating, “As part of the discussions through the Williamson Utility Board and Veolia, Veolia has also agreed to forego the 3 percent rate increase for the City of Williamson garbage and street departments thereby saving the city of Williamson approximately $20,000 over the next fiscal year as part of the same agreement and other provisions of the contract are unaffected for the July 1, 2016 to June 30 2017 contract year.”
Carlton concluded stating, “I anticipate a short written contract addendum to be prepared by the attorneys to memorialize the agreement not to implement the automatic 3 percent rate increase for fiscal year July 1 2016 through June 30, 2017.”