“Deadlocked” Preston City Council tables resolution on water rate increase

“We are pretty deadlocked,” said Preston City councilman Terry Larson.

“On an issue like this, it’s virtually impossible to keep everybody happy,” a sentiment expressed by fellow councilman Brad Wall.

The issue before city leaders during Monday night’s Preston City Council meeting was one that has been discussed for months and yet to be agreed upon: how much to raise water rates and where to set the water usage allowance for residents.

The council was scheduled to vote on a resolution that, among other things, included an increase in water fees by $10 per month and a water allowance reduction from the current 50,000 gallons per month allotment to 35,000.

After three town hall meetings, a public hearing, a lot of back and forth between council members during the last several months and Monday night, the council agreed to disagree on the proposed resolution.

Council members say they continue to hear from the public and are conflicted as how to balance the rate increase and water allowance to best serve residents.

The council tabled the resolution and will continue to work on a plan that will be discussed during their next meeting.

The rate increase is necessary, according to city leaders to help raise money to build a water treatment plant and develop a second source of culinary water.




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