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Water increase sent down drain
Alderman Jimmy Bonner
Various fee increases for McMinnville Water and Sewer Department were again tabled in committee, and another push by Alderman Jimmy Bonner for a water rate increase was shot down.“There are projects coming up the department will need the money for,” said Bonner.Bonner has pushed for a water rate increase several times over the past year or more, stating that small increases would prevent larger ones such as the one in January 2014 when customers inside the city limit were given a 19 percent increase and those outside the city limit saw a 30 percent increase. In October 2015, the last push by Bonner for an increase, he proposed a 2 percent increase. At that time, the decision was made to wait until after a new water department director was hired in 2016.