At the January 14, 2021 Tallulah City Council meeting, members of the City Council voted to introduce an ordinance which will set the new water rates for the City of Tallulah.
According to the ordinance, for residential customers, the flat fee will increase from $30 to $35 for the first 1,000 gallons. For every 1,000 gallons thereafter, the cost will increase from 4.50 to $6.75. For commercial customers, the flat fee will stay at $50 for the first 1,000 gallons. However, each 1,000 gallons thereafter will increase from $5.50 to $6.75.
Mayor Charles Finlayson says the increase will help offset costs for the $7.8M rehabilitation of the Tallulah Water Plant. “The City of Tallulah has had serious issues with our water plant for a number of years,” Finlayson said. “The Council voted at the October 22, 2020 Council meeting to submit an application to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for $7.8M to rehab the existing water plant. We held a series of public meetings over the past year and a half and the majority of people in Tallulah understood that the rates would increase in order for us to have clean water.”
The ordinance also set out the charges connected with water service: $100 for turn on fees; $75 for reconnection fees; no fee for water turn off at customer’s request for repair; $70 for meter testing (if meter is found to be inaccurate, no fee will be charged); and $15 for insufficient funds check fee. Water sprinkler system rates range from $13 a month to $41 a month, depending on size of lines (up to four (4) inches, 4 inches, 6 inches and 8 inches.
A public hearing on the ordinance will be held on January 28, 2021 at the Council meeting. The meeting will be held at 5:30 pm and the public is encouraged to attend.