Maysville, we have a problem

Water, sewer rate hikes to go into effect with December billing

By Jeff Shultz

Publisher

Last month Randy Clark of the Oklahoma Rural Water Association (ORWA) had discouraging news for the Maysville Municipal Authority Trustees.

“The bottom line is, you’re losing money on your water and sewer services,” Clark told the Trustees.

Clark was commissioned by the MMA to assess the town’s water and sewer services, specifically the cost of the service as opposed to what the MMA is charging customers for those services.

For instance, it costs the town of Maysville around $700 to install a new water meter at a business or new home.

That expense covers parts, labor and the meter itself.

However, the city was only charging customers $300 for a new water meter.

Clark noted that rate increases were needed to keep the city from being in the red when it comes to water and sewer services.

The Town Board members took the ORWA recommended rate increases and developed their own rate increases during last week’s regular Town and MMA meeting.

The biggest change in the rate increases comes at the 1,000-gallon usage line.

In the past the city was only charging a flat $20.00 fee for the first 1,000 gallons used by a water customer.

Under the new rate system, a water customer will pay $26.00 for the first 1,000 gallons used.

Maysville water customers can expect their rates to be higher beginning with the December billing.

“We are losing money every time we send out a water bill,” said Mayor Bob Norton.

Norton said the city was losing a little over $2 for every water bill the city sends out each month.

“We can’t go on like this. We’re having to pull money from other departments just to take care of water and sewer revenue shortfalls,” he added.

Norton said the new rates will make it to where the city will mostly break even on water and sewer services.