It will cost a little bit more to begin water and sewer service inside the city limits. McMinnville officials have agreed to a deposit hike, among other increases.
The full board unanimously agreed to increase deposits, the charge to reconnect after a cutoff, the charge for returned checks, and the charge for service after-hours, holidays and weekends.
Voting in favor were Mayor Jimmy Haley, Vice Mayor Ben Newman and Aldermen Mike Neal, Ken Smith, Rick Barnes and Billy Wood.
Current deposits then and now:
• Residential homeowners, from $50 to $100
• Residential rental property, from $100 to $150
• Small commercial (offices), from $50 to $75
• Large commercial (restaurants), from $200 to $500
• Large commercial (industries), from $200 to $750
Fee proposed changes:
• Reconnect after cutoff, from $25 to $50
• Returned check and insufficient funds, from $25 to $30
• After-hour service: after 4 p.m. from $35 to $40 and weekends and holidays from $40 to $50.
The increased in deposits and fees was made to alleviate a problem the department is having.
“It’s gotten to the point where a deposit won’t cover a normal monthly bill,” said Public Works director Bill Brock. “People walk off and leave us in the hole, rather than finaling out. A deposit is returned when you final out. If you owe $75 and the deposit is $50, that’s not an incentive to come in.”
The measure passed two reads before the board.