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Decatur Water Gets Rate Hike
The Decatur mayor wishes there was another way to raise the money needed to find more sources for water.
After two years of drought conditions are forcing officials to raise the water rate.
If you live in Decatur, expect a difference in your water bill next month. Monday night, city council members voted to raise the water rate by 35%.
"It's going to go into the things we can do in order to save the water in the lake," Mayor Mike McElroy said.
Last year's drought left Lake Decatur almost dried out. After two years of harsh weather, Mayor McElroy wants to find and construct new water sources.
"We ran out of water, we had to close down car washes last year, and we had to make sure we could go ahead and continue doing business with the businesses we have currently," Mayor McElroy said.
City Council decided the best way to help the situation was to raise the water rate. Starting May 1st, residents will see a 35% increase.
Next year, the rate will go up another 30%. The following year, another 25% increase.
Residents wonder if council members did all they could do to stop the rate hike. "Have we exhausted the search for grants for funds to help offset some of this cost," one resident said.
"This staff has, I appreciate very much where they are," Mayor McElroy responded.
"We are an industrial manufacturing town. And when you don't have water we are not an industrial manufacturing town," Mayor McElroy said.
Decatur officials are negotiating the purchase of Lake Tokorozawa. Also, the city will move away from their quarterly water bill payments to a monthly payment system.
Again, the increase will be seen on your may statement.