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City can't decide water rate increase
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City officials are running out of time to decide how much to raise water rates in an attempt to satisfy a state-mandated increase.The measure has been sent to the full McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen for a second time after failing in committee.Under consideration is a 19 percent increase for customers who live inside the city limits and a 30 percent increase for customers who live outside the city limits.Water Department director Bill Brock says the increase would generate close to $1 million in revenue, which is what the department needs.“I make a motion we approve the recommendation,” said Water and Sewer Committee chairman Jimmy Bonner. Alderman Billy Wood said, “There’s not a chance I’m going to vote for this.”The Water Department pays the city approximately $250,000 in lieu of taxes. Wood says he wants to allow the department to keep those funds and reduce the pending increase on city residents.“Recompute it with the department not paying its $250,000,” Wood said, “That’s the only way I’m going to vote to do it.