City water rate hike approved

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
In a split vote, Mexia City Council agreed to hike the city's water and sewer rates to cover bonds taken out by its water supplier without notice to the city.
Back in September, Council was looking into legal remedies after its supplier, Bistone Water Supply District took out a $6 million loan for improvements without notifying the city, a move now means 27- to 30-percent higher water bills for city residents.
At Tuesday night's Council meeting, around eight residents attended, with two addressing the Council about the proposed rates. City Manager Larry Brown explained that the city had no choice but to raise rates, because bills from Bistone will reflect the cost of repaying its bonds.
Councilwoman Laura Rothrock moved to accept the proposed rates, a motion seconded by Councilman Arthur Busby. Council members Rothrock, Busby and Bobby Jack Liles voted in favor of the motion, while Judy Chambers, Kelvin Beachum and Glenn McGuire voted against, creating a 3-3 tie. Mayor Troy Miller then cast the tie-breaker vote, and the measure passed.

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