Kirksville water, sewer user rates to increase for 2018

The change in fees came with a 4-1 vote. (KTVO File)

Water and wastewater user fees are going up for one northeast Missouri city.

The increase was approved by Kirksville City Council members Monday night.

The change in fees came with a 4-1 vote.

Councilman Rick Steele voted in opposition and said the increase will be a burden to those living on tight incomes.

Prior to the approval, a public hearing was held to inform citizens on the proposed increase.

One citizen spoke against the increase.

He said that fees in the city are getting too high for people living on a fixed income.

The citizen accused the city of stealing from its residents, and compared the rate increase and the scenario to Nazism.

Another citizen spoke in favor of the rate change, saying increases are needed to help keep the city up and running.

According to city documents, the change will result in a revenue increase of approximately $394,400 for the city.

Kirksville Finance Director Lacy King says the fiscal impact to a minimum residential user will result in an increase of $1.68 per month.

That number is before the tax assessment for water, sewer, trash and recycling services.

King says the increase will help cover operating expenses as well as bond payments - such as the upgraded Wastewater Treatment Plant project.

Customers will first see the increase on their bill due in February.

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