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Boonville Residents to Weigh in on Proposed Water & Sewer Rate Hikes

Boonville residents have the opportunity to voice concerns on proposed rate increases for water & sewer services. If adopted, customers would be paying just over $20 more per month.

Posted: Apr 20, 2021 10:14 AM

A public hearing Tuesday afternoon in Boonville will allow residents to weigh in on increases for both sewage & water rates in the city. The meeting will begin at 4p.m. at City Hall along the square.

In March, Boonville City Council voted to increase the base rate for water, sewer and fire protection from $57.11 to $77.28. The increase is just over $20 per month and city officials say it's necessary to continue to provide safe drinking water as well as a functioning sewer system.

If approved, Boonville water & sewer customers could expect to pay more by July or August. The $20.18 increase comes from the sewer rate going up $13.27 per month and the water rate would increase by $5.24.

Mayor Charlie Wyatt is stressing to customers money from the rate hikes will only go to the water fund and not the fire territory.

We're told Boonville City Council weighed all factors before moving forward with the rate increases.

Even with the proposed increase, Mayor Wyatt says Boonville's rates will still be lower than surrounding communities in Chandler, Lynnville and Newburgh.

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