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Water, sewer rate increase likely

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Marshall Municipal Utilities customer should prepare for water and sewer rate increases if the proposed budget presented by Ken Gieringer is accepted later this year.

Without a rate increase, "the (water department's) projected cash flow for the budget year is a negative $1,075,000," Gieringer said. For the sewer department, "the projected cash flow is a negative $765,000."

The last rate increase for both departments was Jan. 1, 2009.

Board of Public Works President Mike Mills asked how MMU's rates compared with other utilities.

"Last time I prepared a comparison we were right in the middle," Gieringer said.

Although the fiscal year starts at the end of September, a decision on rates will likely not be made until late fall and take effect on Jan. 1, 2011.

In other BPW news, the six property owners on East Eastwood that are currently on a private sewer main have been sent letters. MMU asked that their responses to upgrading to a public main be returned by Sept. 8.

The Board approved replacing the water main on College Street between Odell and Lafayette at an estimated cost of $33,000.

The next meeting is at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 75 East Morgan in Marshall.

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Seems to me there is alot of mismanagement going on if they are that far in debt! Wait a minute could it be that they are using this as an excuse to give unneeded pay raises and benfits? They should be like every other company and worker in this economy........sacrifice, cut back and do without......some people have not even had a cost of living raise in years.....I'm sure these companies and officials have not done without! If they are having that kind of difficulty managing the money of the citizens of Marshall perhaps an outside (out of the county not one of the "good ole boy systems")accounting firm should handle the monies and bill paying. Also perhaps they should be buying some good used equipment from larger more profitable cities instead of having all brand new equipment and trucks to drive around, with only one worker in them, never stopping to do any real work but "looking busy". Seems to me that there are too many on the payroll when fewer could do the work and actually put in 8 hours of labor for the money they are being paid!

-- Posted by whyus on Wed, Sep 1, 2010, at 8:39 PM

If it wouldn't take them 3 months to replace sewers on a stretch of 3 blocks, maybe they could afford more also.

-- Posted by BMSmom on Wed, Sep 1, 2010, at 9:59 AM

It seems so crazy that the water and sewer charges are going up! It costs more to get rid of the water that we use than it does to get the water in the first place! The local company could use come competition for sure, we are getting hit hard by all of these raising costs when the wages are going up! Enough already, PLEASE!

-- Posted by RedAngel on Tue, Aug 31, 2010, at 6:19 PM

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