By Lynn A. Wade
Nevada Daily Mail
The Nevada City Council gave its final approval to ordinances upping the city's water and sewer rates.
The first of these raises the sewer rate for the first 1,000 gallons from $7.15 to $10, and increases the rate for each $1,000 gallons thereafter from $3.76 to $4.70. The median sewer bill will increase by $5.02 per month. The measure is estimated to increase the city's sewer revenue a total of about $71,000. The funds will be used to "pay for the increased operating cost of providing sewer service, to reserve funds necessary to replace sewer lines and equipment that will help improve the service and otherwise meet mandates imposed on the operation of the system," according to city documents.
A second ordinance raises the minimum water rate from $10.50 to $10.82 for the first 1,000 gallons and from $6.18 to $6.37 per 1,000 gallons thereafter. It's estimated to increase the median water bill 76 cents per month and will provide the city with an estimated $55,000 over 12 months. These funds will be used to "pay for the increased operating cost of providing water service and to reserve funds necessary to replace water lines and equipment," which the city says will improve service.
A third ordinance repeals the minimum charge for large meters.
A public hearing relating to changes in water and sewer rates was held during the council's Dec. 4 meeting. No one from the public attended.
An ordinance extending the city's contract with Alliance Water Resources through 2013, with a 0.9-percent increase, also was approved. The new annual total for this service is $1,515,323.