City may OK big water rate hike

Mexia City Council will consider changing the city's water and sewer rates – likely making them much higher – when they meet Tuesday night.
Back in September, Council was looking into legal remedies after its water supplier took out a $6 million loan for improvements without notifying the city, a move that could mean 27- to 30-percent higher water bills for city residents.
Residential water rates are proposed to jump from a base charge of $15 to $35 for water, plus the charge for water used would go from $3.95 to $6 per thousand gallons. The recommended increase in the base charge for sewer service would increase from $25 to $30, but the price per gallon of sewage discharged would remain at $4.43 per 1,000 gallons. The trash fee, which is included in the water bills, would also remain the same at $12.50 per month plus $1.03 tax.
Bistone Water Supply District , which manages Lake Mexia, also supplies water to the city via deep wells near Personville. The city is by far Bistone’s largest customer, thus bears the brunt of repaying the water district's bonds. Bistone also supplies water to the city of Wortham and the Whiterock community.

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