Residents of Monroe City can expect to see a sewer plant bond on the November ballot.
At the recent City Council meeting, discussion included the new bond and educating the citizens of Monroe City on the need and importance of the bonds passing. Residents can expect to see higher sewer bills with or without the bond.
If the bond passes City officials shared it will be high, but if the bond does not residents can expect to see even higher sewer rates.
City officials plan to host two educational meetings to inform the public about the bond proposition they will see on the ballot. Alderman Connie Painter suggested hosting informational meetings at the Monroe City Nutrition Center. If the bond passes, the City can apply for grants and additional funding to help keep the cost lowered and decrease the rate increase to each household. If the bond fails on the ballot, residents will be charged at a higher rate to cover the cost of the loan.
After the Board of Alderman reviewed the tri-fold pamphlet, submitted by Mark Bross, Chief Financial Officer, of Chester Bross Construction in Palmyra, Alderman Jeremy Moss requested the pamphlet be worded clearer before being sent to residents in the city. Moss shared he would like to see the pamphlet help voters to understand the monthly rates better with or without the bond and suggested including the current sewer rate.
The pamphlet gave an example on sewer rates. It read for a household using 5,000 gallons of water the sewer bill would reflect $92 with the bond passing, if the bond did not pass the sewer bill would reflect $120. The Board of Alderman agreed to contact Bross for more clarification on what the new sewer rates may look like. Currently, city residents pay $9 per 1,000 gallons of water used for the first 5,000 gallons, and $7.85 per 1,000 gallons after that. That would make the sewer bill $45 for 5,000 gallons at the current rate.
Several citizens have asked if the water bill will also be increasing. As of press time, the Lake Gazette had not received any further information or comment concerning the proposed sewer plant bond or water rates.