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Wastewater rates could be going up 46 percent over the next eight years in Barrow County if the recommendations of a recent study are adopted by the board of commissioners.
The study looked at current cost and revenue data from the county’s water and sewerage systems and concluded that the county should raise its wastewater rate by 30 cents per unit per year for eight years. That would increase the typical bill for 5,000 gallons per month from $25.41 to $32.61 at the end of eight years.
For customers who only use the county’s wastewater system and not its water, the proposal called for a 60 cent hike per unit.
The report also called for the county to increase its non-contract price for wholesale water to $2.96 per gallon.
Retail water rates would remain the same.
In addition to raising those rates, the study also said the county should look for ways to better manage its metering system to reduce water losses and it should seek ways to sell more water.
A decade ago, I was sitting in an upscale Boston restaurant with a group of celebrating newspaper folks. The publisher of a Maine newspaper is an old friend and he had invited me to tag along as his staff celebrated winning top awards in a New England press competition.
Nearby, a table of eight or 10 people were also celebrating. They were young, in their late 20s or early 30s. From what we could hear, they had gone to college together and were meeting that night in something of a small reunion of old friends.
What was striking, however, was the ethnic makeup of that group. Asian, Hispanic, White, Black and everything in-between.
“Isn’t that great!” said my publisher friend as he looked at the group while they shared photos and laughed about their time in college together.
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The Barrow County government’s reserves went down in Fiscal Year 2015, but the government still had a significant amount of reserves left over.
Technically, the county was in the red for the year. But the main reason the county had to dip into its reserves during the year was to pay $3.5 million for a new public safety radio system and $381,000 for a new fire truck, according to a recently released county audit. Revenues in FY2015 were up nearly $1 million from the previous year despite a drop in the county’s millage rate. Higher property values generated additional income despite that lower rate.
Likewise, spending went up in FY2015 by nearly $1 million from the previous year.
As in the past, the largest share of the county’s spending went toward public safety. The county spent $18.8 million on public safety during FY2015. General government expense was second highest at $5.7 million.
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