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Water Authority approves resolution seeking rate increase

CONYERS -- The Rockdale Water and Sewerage Authority has approved a resolution requesting that the Board of Commissioners implement a water rate increase.

The Authority approved the resolution at its April 4 meeting. The resolution calls for the rate increase be implemented by June 1.

The rate increase was recommended in a study conducted by Raftelis Financial Consultants, which found that Rockdale Water Resources will need to generate more revenue from rates in order to cover future debt service and maintain the system. Of RWR's annual budget of $25 million, the largest portion -- $9 million -- goes to pay debt service on the system's bond debt.

In addition, the resolution points out that the current rates do not generate enough funding to make needed additions to the water and sewage treatment system, including a southside water treatment plant that will be required by the state Environmental Protection Division, as well as maintenance work on the county's water lines, drinking water reservoir and intake on Big Haynes Creek.

The resolution states that the Authority balanced affordability against the needs of the water system in making the request for a rate increase.

The Authority has conducted a series of 11 public meetings for the past couple of months in an effort to educate water customers on the status of the water system and the need for a rate increase.

The Authority is asking commissioners to approve a rate increase implemented over a three-year period. RWR has not had a rate increase in 10 years.

For 2013 RWR is proposing a 5.8 percent increase in water rates for an average customer using 6,000 gallons per month; an increase of 9.5 percent is proposed for sewer rates, for a combined rate increase of 7.8 percent. In 2014 water rates for the same customer would increase 2.8 percent and sewer rates 9.9 percent. For 2015, rates would remain flat for water and increase 10.3 percent for sewer.

In addition, a new tier of water usage would be added, creating four tiers of consumption: zero to 3,000 gallons; 3,000 to 7,000 gallons; 7,000 to 12,000 gallons; and more than 12,000 gallons.

Comments

Elmo 1 year, 8 months ago

As Gomer Pyle would say, "Surprise, surprise, surprise!"

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wonderwhy 1 year, 8 months ago

Control your expenses and overhead and an increase may not be necessary. When you see 5 employees and three trucks at a work site and only one of them is working (the others standing there watching) there is a problem. City of Atlanta and Dekalb County work ethic oooze out this way ????

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EarlyBird 1 year, 8 months ago

You are right about the 5 employees at the site and only one working. So true.

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Clark 1 year, 8 months ago

They can't even fix a simple leak in a reasonable amount of time, because no one knew about the pipe, why reward bad behavior?

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kt 1 year, 8 months ago

Here we go again, punishing the people who PAY THEIR BILLS, by increasing the rates because the folks over there can't figure out how to budget and stick with it.

I wish, so badly, that somehow another water company could come in and provide a little bit of competition to RWR. Might do them some good. Otherwise, the bill payers have no say in any of these stupid meetings, because RWR is going to do whatever the heck they please, and we have no choice but to take the hike.

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Conyers_Resident 1 year, 8 months ago

"RWR has not had a rate increase in 10 years."

I submitted a comment over the weekend on this unattributed statement. Since it has not shown up, I thought I would try again. The water rates in Rockdale were more than doubled in 2009. The Rockdale Citizen published multiple reports on the rate increases before they went into affect mid-year 2009. Whomever made the assertion that there has been no rate increase in 10 years is either uninformed, or simply being dishonest.

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