Buffalo's City Council discussed the proposed sewer rate increase at the first regular meeting of 2013 Wednesday night, but did not implement a rate increase just yet. The rate increase, the council decided, will move forward but will need to be presented as an Ordinance and have three readings before it can be implemented.
City employees have compiled a spreadsheet comparing Buffalo's rates with other communities in the state, and also gave rate increase percentages and how that would translate toward paying the loans off and paying operating expenses at the waste water treatment plant.
Mayor Randy Dyess said there were some options to consider. The council could adopt the full rate increase recommended to pay for the increased expenses or adopt a smaller rate increase and readjust rates later, but discussions focused on the larger increases that would be necessary in the future should the council adopt less than a 100% increase.
He explained further.
According to city officials, the rate increase, as presented at Wednesday's meeting, will increase rates 100% across the board to all users.
As an example, residential users that currently pay $10.30 per month will pay $20.60 per month if the rate schedule is adopted as presented.