ROSEBORO — The town of Roseboro has struggled in the past few years to build the water and sewer fund and an increase in the sewer base rate last year still hasn’t generated enough money to fully sustain the escalating costs of maintenance.
Commissioners have discussed a water and sewer rate increase that could generate a possible $25,000 in the upcoming year. The final proposed budget will be made available to the public in the coming weeks, and the board has plans to vote on the budget later this month.
According to Roseboro mayor Alice Butler, the water and sewer rates, as proposed, would increase five percent for in-town customers, 20 percent for out-of-town customers and 30 percent to the county.
The current rate for in-town customers is $38.25 for up to 3,000 gallons of water and sewer ($17.75 for water and $20.50 for sewer). Anything above the 3,000 gallons is a per thousand rate of $5 for water and $5 for sewer.
The current rate for out-of-town customers is $55.55 for up to 3,000 gallons of water and sewer ($27.15 for water and $28.40 for sewer). Anything above the 3,000 gallons is a per thousand rate of $7 for water and $7 for sewer.
In-town customers can expect their basic water and sewer bill to increase to $40.17 per month ($18.64 for water and $21.53 for sewer) for the base 3,000 gallons and an additional 25 cent increase per thousand above the 3,000 gallons to $5.25.
The 20 percent increase for out-of-town customers would cost $66.66 per month ($32.58 for water and $34.08 for sewer) for up to 3,000 gallons and an additional $1.40 per thousand for anything above the base amount.
“The water and sewer enterprise fund is supposed to be totally self-sufficient,” Butler said about the decision to increase the rates. “It should operate like a business.”
If approved, the rate increase would take effect August 2018.
The Roseboro Town Board is scheduled to hold a public hearing at a future board meeting and adopt the upcoming year’s budget of more than $1.9 million for all five of the town’s operating funds.
Commissioners approved a 3 cent decrease in property taxes last year from 69 cents per $100 assessed valuation to 66 cents per $100 value.