Water rates around Barrow County may jump significantly in the near future, because the county government says it is losing money on the millions of gallons of water it sells to local governments.
Barrow County Board of Commission Chairman Danny Yearwood dropped the water bomb last week, informing the county’s mayors that he plans to renegotiate their contracts as soon as a consultant tells him what the new rate should be.
The mayors say their current contracts are good until 2012, but Yearwood said the documents allow for rate renegotiations.
Barrow County Water Department director Myron Garrett told the Barrow Journal this week that the wholesale price needs to rise to about $2.05 per 1,000 gallons, which would be 22 percent more than the average rate of $1.68 that the county’s wholesale customers paid in fiscal year 2009.
For the complete story, see the October 7 edition of the Barrow Journal.