GARLAND — At the beginning of July, residents can expect to pay a little more for their water and sewer bill.
During a special meeting Tuesday night, the Garland Board of Commissioners approved a $1 increase for each flat fee. The $2 change will be effective July 1. Payments for every 1,000 gallons used will remain the same. Its purpose is to stay steady with increases, instead of having a large hike in the future, town officials said.
The proposed rate increases were originally presented to commissioner by Deputy Town Clerk Teresa Smith. Options ranged from 25 cents to $1 per 1,000 gallons used. Flat fees ranged from 50 cents to $1.
“Teresa made a valid point about not increasing it too much,” Smith said during the meeting. “We know that we’re going have to increase it at some point.”
Excluding garbage and recycling services, someone using 3,000 gallons of water is currently paying $54.50, according to a previous proposal. This summer, that bill will go up to $56.50.
In-town residents currently pay $12 for water and after the change it’ll go up to $13. A $1 increase for sewer brings the fee to $21. For out-of-town residents the current flat fee is $21 for water and $35 for sewer. These customers will have to pay an extra $1 for each service too.
Along with increasing fees for residents, commissioners also approved a $2 increase for water and sewer accounts. Beginning July 1, the flat fee for water will be $14 and $22 for sewer.
Based on a previous monthly bill, the residential changes would generate an extra $843 each month for the town, amounting to about $10,116 per year.
Vehicle tax on table
In the upcoming months, Garland officials will have to make a decision on how much to charge for vehicle tax stickers.
Beginning July 1, the N.C. General Assembly is allowing cities and towns to increase the tax up to $30. It currently stands at $5.
Garland Mayor Winifred Murphy said the fund from the tax may be used to improve more infrastructure and streets throughout town. As of Tuesday, it is unknown how much $30 would generate for the town, but some commissioners showed hesitation about raising it that much.
“It would be a pretty penny,” said Town Clerk and Finance Officer Pam Cashwell, who also shared concerned about raising it to $30.
Commissioners are researching what other towns are doing and a decision will be made at a future date.
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