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Eastview will not raise water rates, after all

The Eastview Water Board passed the Water Department budget and the Board of Aldermen passed the city budget at their meetings May 17.

The water budget’s revenue projections assume rates will not rise, City Recorder Emodene Smith  said in a later interview.

She said this is because a misbilling from Selmer had been  identified , which changed a loss for the water department for this fiscal year, which ends June 30, into a surplus.

Selmer provides the water for Eastview.

At the March meeting, Smith had said that the state auditors concluded that the department’s liabilities exceeded its assets for the second straight year.

Smith attributed this accounting loss to depreciation and said that income from the department exceeded expenses.

City Attorney Craig Kennedy said that this state might force Eastview to raise its water rates.

Figures for neither were available at press time.

In another action, the board voted to hire Brawner, Vanstory and Co. of Corinth to conduct the city audit.

This firm conducted last year’s audit.

The board met to vote on the city and water budgets on second reading Tuesday, but results of the vote were not available at press time.

The budgets require three readings for final passage.

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