Adamsville water rates on the rise

By Andrew Alexander

The Adamsville City Commission voted unanimously Monday to approve the first reading of the 2011-12 budget, which calls for a 24.5 percent increase in water rates, according to Mayor David Leckner.

On the brighter side of things, property taxes will not be raised on the 2011-12 Adamsville city budget, and will remain at their current rate of $0.78 per $100 of assessed value.

The cause of the sudden water rate increase stems from the Commission’s need to keep the water fund from finishing in the red.

Considering the situations faced in Bethel Springs and Ramer regarding their water issues, paying 25 cents a day extra to keep Adamsville from facing the same problems is worth it, said Leckner.

Leckner listed several items in which funding was used for upgrading the city’s water system, including a $140,688 elevated water tank.

“Things needed to be improved, and we’ve improved upon them without having to increase water rates,” said Leckner. “And now we do.”

Leckner explained that depreciation and time have handicapped the city’s plumbing, and water pressure is a major issue.

“We have plenty of water, but not enough pressure,” said Leckner. “We want our town to be safe, and we don’t want to have to worry about not being able to put a fire out because we don’t have water pressure.”

Along with the 2011-12 budget’s first reading passing, the 2010-11 amended budget also passed unanimously.

An energy grant, which is a grant providing funding to the city to implement techniques that will cut energy costs, was also voted in unanimously, bringing in $82,000 in additional funding.

The second reading of the 2011-12 Adamsville City Budget will be conducted June 20 at Adamsville City Hall.