Discussion of water and sewer rate increase at Branson meeting

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BRANSON, Mo. — At the city of Branson’s Board of Alderman meeting, a resolution was heard that could raise your monthly utility bill.

The resolution was read and established what the rates would be.

If approved, the ordinance would add a 2% increase in water rates, a 5% increase in sewer rates and would go into effect in January.

The money made from the increase will account for things like inflation and to fund operations for the city’s water treatment and distribution systems, sewer treatment and collection systems, as well as upkeep for equipment.

Utilities Department Director Mike Ray says although it is an increase in monthly bills, the city has done this before recently.

“We have gone through several rate adjustments for the past several years,” Ray said. “We always allow for a public hearing prior to the rate adjustment. We did a press release early to let everyone know that we are considering the rate adjustments that way they have the ability to come to the board of alderman meeting, express any concerns or ask any questions that they might have.”

The Board of Alderman was supposed to have a public hearing and a first reading of the bill Tuesday. That public hearing and first read will now be on November 12.

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