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|Knoxville Official Has Recommendations for Water/Sewer Rates
|A former Mayor, alderman, and city administrator still has plenty to say when it comes to the city he used to represent.
Knoxville's former head Everett Belote, now a volunteer consultant for the city, presented the City Council Monday night a number of suggestions on how to run some of the water and sewer issues in town.
Belote told the council how residents are now being charged over 16 dollars a month for 2,000 gallons of water. When he surveyed other cities of how they bill their customers, he found that they base their water usage bills on only one thousand gallons of usage. Belote tells the council his suggestion can provide balance for the residents of Knoxville.
"It is a general suggestion that on a one-thousand gallon basis, that people who pay a minimum charge are paying a much higher rate than people who are paying beyond the minimum," Belote said. "If you changed rates, please put it on the rate per thousand, not on the basic minimum, so that it will equalize that out."
Belote also told the council he would like to see, what he calls, a modest single charge to make a connection fee for a resident. He would like the charge to be set at something like $50 or $100 in order for the city to obtain the materials they need for the project since the city code says all labor and materials must be provided by the customer.
His final suggestion was a way in which he thought the city could encourage economic growth. He said he would like to see another modest application fee for a sewer main extension fee.
The council did not decide to take any action on the former Mayor's suggestions.
|03 17 09 by Newsroom
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