By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
Water in Floyd County just got a little bit more expensive.
The County Commission unanimously agreed Tuesday to increase the water rate for Floyd residents by 3%, effective April 1st. According to their calculations, this only equates to a 73 cent swell on the average customer’s bill, but for the money-starved water department, it’s an extra $15,000 in much needed revenue.
Floyd has seen a sharp decrease in water usage since 2008, which has been blamed on both fewer customers and area industries using more water efficient technologies. Interim County Manager Gary Burkhalter says the rate increase was an investment in the future.
“We do have several capital needs that we need to do as far as capital projects---and those are in excess of $2.3 million for the 2013 year,” Burkhalter says. “The need for the increase is there to keep our system going and continue to generate funds to make capital contributions for our system in the future.”
Along with the water hike, commissioners officially opened the search for citizens to serve on a SPLOST committee. These members of the public, who could be as selected as early as Monday, will identify projects that could benefit from the proposed penny tax.