The town of Calhoun Falls has approved rate increases on water and sanitation services.
According to Calhoun Falls Mayor Lee Garrett, the proposed ordinance will keep Calhoun Falls in line to receive any possible grants applied for in emergency situations, such as a water line busting or a water main needing to be replaced.
Mayor Garret said, while reading the ordinance, that the increases are vital to the community so that these services can remain in place.
“The utility has been accumulating debt from the tax payer general fund due to deficiency in collections”, said Mayor Garrett. “The town has been facing a period of austerity due to lack of state and federal funds, which threatens the loss of jobs and subsequent losses of services to the community.”
The approved water rate increase will raise the first 1,000 gallons minimum charge from $13.21 to $14.27 per month.
The sanitation fee for in-town residential will rise from $10 to $12. Out-of-town residential will also increase $2; from $16 to $18.
The ordinance passed with a 4-1 vote with Councilman Charlie Tillman voting in opposition.