By Hayley M. Cook
WILLIAMSON – The Williamson Utility Board will soon be increasing its customers’ water bills, due to implementation of the final step of the 2007 tariff rate.
The final step of the 2007 tariff rate is scheduled to be implemented for homeowners, beginning in August. After July 30, customers will see an increase in all bills they receive.
In 2005-2006, the utility board negotiated a bond issue that required the city and board to impose a rate change to cover the cost of repairs and improvements.
According to Utility Board Manager Larry Brown, the minimum rate currently is $48.96 for every 3,000 gallons used. The new rate will increase by $6.12, and the average customer will be paying $55.08 for every 3,000 gallons used.
“The board has delayed implementation of the increase for as long as possible, but has finally been forced to act due to economic realities,” Brown said.
Members of the utility board, Donnie Beckett, Lacy Muncy, Jerry Hurley and Wallace Dempsey, have expressed regret over the increases, considering that the rate hike comes during a time when many customers are feeling the pressure of a struggling and uncertain economy.
The utility board also has been made aware of customer solicitations by mail offering maintenance and service contracts for sewer lines within the Williamson service area.
According to Brown, residents and customers should be aware that the solicitations are not made by, or authorized by, the city of Williamson or the Williamson Utility Board.
For more information, customers should contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 800-368 8808, or their local police.
Hayley Molloy Cook is a news reporter and writes features for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279, or on Twitter @hayleymcook.