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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