City council approves second reading on water rate increase

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The Lebanon City Council approved the second reading of a proposed 15 percent water rate increase during a special-called meeting April 17.
Under the proposal, in-town Lebanon Water Company customers would pay a $6.75 monthly meter charge and a volume rate of $2.50 per 100 cubic feet of water. An average in-town bill (about 4,000 gallons/535 cubic feet of water per month) would increase from $17.43 to $20.10 per month.
For out-of-town customers, the monthly meter charge would increase to $7.425 and the volume charge would increase to $2.75 per 100 cubic feet of water. The average out-of-town customer’s bill would increase from $19.17 per month to $22.11 per month.
The Marion County Water District is an in-town customer of the Lebanon Water Company, which means the water district will be seeking to increase its own rates.
With that in mind, it may be months before the new rates take effect. The water company is working with the water district so their new rates will begin around the same time.