A year removed from raising residential and commercial water rates almost 40 percent, city officials will take another look at the existing commercial rate.
Mayor Scott Harbertson said he recently met with Jason Burningham, a consultant from Lewis, Young, Robertson and Burningham, a firm hired to conduct a study of city water rates, to discuss the city’s water rates. Officials believe the commercial rate was not adequately reviewed before the new rates were implemented in 2010.
Harbertson said officials will now take a longer look at commercial rates, especially with the growth anticipated within the business district, with the development at Station Park.
Council members have maintained one aim of the rate increase was to be fair. They vowed to review the water rates again in a year, to see if costs are being distributed equally among users, when the rate increase was first approved as part of the 2010-2011 budget.