Kermit's New City Manager Proposes New Water Rates 11/15/13
CBS 7 News
November 15, 2013
KERMIT, TX-The City of Kermit is left to clean up a mess that their former city manager left them with.
Residents of Kermit came together during last nightís city council meeting demanding that something be done about their water bills doubling and some even tripling.
During last nightís city council meeting, the people of Kermit made it clear that both their water and sewage rates need to be lowered.
Gloria Saenz, Kermit's new City Manager, submitted a new water and waste ordinance proposal to the city council and mayor, which reduces the current base rate for 5,000 gallons of water from $17-dollars to $14-dollars and leaves the current sewer rates at the same price of $14-dollars per every 5,000 gallons used.
Councilman Julio Pena says the new proposed rate is still too high.
"I donít think it will be agreeable with their citizens and that's who we got to keep happy or we ainít going to be in office," said Pena.
Mayor Ken Mays says the town is in need of an increase in order to purchase the necessary equipment to clean up their town.
"When people drive into our town we want them to say, wow look at Kermit, itís neat, itís clean, thatís what we want," said Mays.
This ordinance was first proposed by former City Manager Pete Kampher, who according to council members, led them to believe the rates would only increase by $10-dollars. But that wasn't the case, and now the city council says that the town is left to clean up the mess he made.
Saenz was out of town today, but Mayor Mays says he wants residents to realize that their water rates are still very low in comparison to other surrounding cities.
This newly proposed ordinance will be discussed during next Thursdays city council meeting at 6:30pm. It will be up to city council members to either past the first reading or suggest that changes be made. But one thing is for certain; nothing will be done until at least February.
The following is the proposed schedule of water rates for residents within the city limits:
1. Base rate for up to the first 5,000 gallons: $14.00 instead of $17.00.
2. Consumption rate for usage over 5,000 gallons:
(a) 5,001-10,000: $2.90 per 1,000 gallons instead of $3.75.
(b) 10,001-25,000: $3.00 per 1,000 gallons instead of $4.25.
(c) 25,001-40,000: $3.10 per 1,000 gallons instead of $4.75.
(d) Over 40,001: $3.20 per 1,000 gallons instead of $5.50.