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Last Night, the Jasper City Council passed on the second and final readings of the city’s water rate revision which will provide a 12% increase for water utility users.

The rate revision is the result of increased operating expenses that come with having an aging water plant of 17 years.

In addition, the city takes into account expenditure of future construction projects, looking ahead 5 years. This is so it does not have to worry about a huge upfront cost that could cause a bigger rate hike on consumers.

The city will still remain one of the mid to lower priced communities for water utilities when compared to other utility providers.

Officials say that it is important to note, the city does not make a profit when it comes to utility rates. The increase will only allow the city to cover the cost of providing water to the utility users. The rate increase will become effective with billings that occur after May 1st.

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