City Water Rates Will Increase

by Audry Kensicki on November 9, 2009

City of Zanesville residents will see their water rates increase as early as their March bi-monthly bill.

Tonight at City Council Public Service Director Mike Sims announced two water-rate increases to help cover the inspection and administration costs at the Zanesville water and sewage plant.

"We’re under construction right now," said Sims. "They appropriated $200,000 out of the water fund to get us through the end of the year, but we didn’t have enough money to cover the full two-year inspection."

Sims says the first increase will be 15.3-percent or about $5.74 per bi-monthly bill. He says the second increase is projected to be 6.3-percent, which is about $2.30.

Sims says the second increase may not be that high, based on a few factors related to construction.

He says the increases will actually save citizens money in the long run.

"If you look at, it’s about 21.6-percent versus 22.6-percent," he said. "It’s saving the city a little interest and also saving the consumer a little bit in the long run too."

Tonight City Council passed an ordinance allowing the city to obtain an $850,000 loan to cover the costs of inspection and administration throughout construction.

Money raised from the increases will be put toward paying back the loan. However Sims says whether or not the ordinance passed, rates would still have increased.