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July 11, 2014

Water base rate increases

Members of the Centerville Municipal Waterworks Board of Trustees Thursday, June 19 approved an increase in the base water rate, approved a payment agreement for outstanding account balances and approved a change order for the water system improvements project.

n CHANGE ORDER

The change order for the water system improvements project totals $58,266.36. The project, which was estimated to cost $318,346 now has jumped to $376,612.36.

Changes to the contract between the Board of Trustees and Jackson Creek Enterprises includes the deletion of two items totaling $13,328. The rest includes additional charges for water main lowering and installation, changes in pipe and other items.

n PAYMENT AGREEMENT POLICY:

n ACTIVE ACCOUNTS

The policy for payment agreements for outstanding account balances for active accounts calls for a review of individual accounts to determine eligibility to participate in the agreement, if a customer requests a review.

Customers who have never been late in the last 12 months and with extenuating circumstances makes that customer eligible for the payment agreement.

Customers not eligible include being late more than twice in the last 12 months and one check returned for insufficient funds in the last 12 months.

If a customer qualifies for the payment agreement and they fail to honor it, water service will be turned off on the first Monday following non-payment.

Payment agreements are good for six months.

n INACTIVE ACCOUNTS

The same policy states customers with inactive accounts who are delinquent after their final bill has been issued and want to make payments can ask to complete a payment agreement form.

The policy addresses instances where water customers are inactive wanting new service and multiple inactive accounts. Call City Hall for more information.

n BASE WATER RATE INCREASE

The Board of Trustees voted to increase the base water rate by $2.64. The base water rate charge is for usage of 240 cubic feet or less of water per month.

The old base water rate was $19. The new base water rate will be $21.64.

The increase means the minimum water and sewer bill, which was $59.66, will increase to $62.30.

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