ROACHDALE -- Roachdale Town Council members Jack Jones and Bill Long approved an amended schedule of rates which will increase the cost of water and sewer usage in Roachdale at Tuesday evenings' meeting.
The increase will take effect in two increments. Beginning Aug. 1 the minimum cost to customers per 3,000 gallons for sewage will be $23.55. The second increment will take effect on Feb. 1, 2009 when the minimum amount will rise to $28.14.
Water bills will increase to a minimum of $14.62 for 2,000 gallons and in February will jump to $18.54.
One local resident questioned where the money for sewer and water was going and asked why the sidewalks were not being repaired with the money.
Council President Bill Long explained that monies for the sewer and water went back into the utilities and that sidewalk repair came out of the general fund.
When another resident asked about the rate increase Long replied, "We're lucky we're not in Fillmore. Look at what they are having to pay. We have to stay current with our rates. Everything is going up everywhere."
A copy of the rates and the ordinance is available at the Roachdale Town Hall.
The Roachdale Town Council meets at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at Town Hall.