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|Water Rates Discussed, But Billing Discussed More
|The city of Galesburg may or may not have a better idea of what to do about water rates after Monday's City Council meeting.
Aldermen met in special session to discuss the city's water plans for 2012, which include raising rates one-point-four percent for residential and business customers in town, a much lower increase than the past several years as the city works to flatten its rate structure.
But aldermen and residents alike are more concerned about billing, with hundreds of thousands of dollars accumulated in the last several years in outstanding bills. That led to a familiar request made by former alderman Karen Lafferty.
"Going to a monthy billing will not only be beneficiary to the citizens of Galesburg, the city of Galesburg, and don't forget the sanitary district," he says. "If the water bills don't get paid, the sanitary district doesn't get their money, and I believe their losses are a lot bigger than our losses."
Some aldermen argued, however, that those delinquent on their water bills might be anyway regardless of how they're billed. At least one suggested monthly billing only for those who are delinquent.
It's not clear when water proposals will be back before the city council.
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