Fleming-Neon citizens will start paying higher sewer rates July 1 as a result of new action taken by the Fleming-Neon City Council, which conducted the second reading of an ordinance to raise sewer rates from $12.75 to $15.86 for the first 2,000 gallons and $5.51 for each additional 1,000 gallons.
The ordinance will now become law after it is published in The Mountain Eagle. It comes at the request of the Board of Directors of the Fleming-Neon Water and Sewer District.
On June 13, Water Board member Mike Dingus told the council the sewer rates hadn’t been changed since 2010, and that the board had made a number of cutbacks earlier this year in an effort to get the sewer department’s fi- nances straightened out. He asked that the rate be increased from $12.75 (for the first 2,000 gallons of water purchased) to $15.86, and to $5.50 for every additional 1,000 gallons of water used
Sewer rates are tied to the amount a of water each customer uses. Dingus said the rates will still be lower than those in surrounding communities and showed sewer costs in Jenkins and Whitesburg for customers purchasing 10,000 gallons of water. In Jenkins it costs $65.22, and Whitesburg $63.22. The same usage will cost $56.75 for Fleming-Neon customers, after the rate increase.