Ida Grove City Council passes second reading of water, sewer rates

The Ida Grove City Council approved the second of three readings of an ordinance establishing water and sewer rate increases Nov. 4.

Three council readings are required, as is publication of the ordinance in the Courier, before the rates become effective. The third reading is slated for the Nov. 18 meeting. City Clerk Heather Sweeden said the council has two options as far as when the new rates would take effect. She said the rates could go into effect the date the final ordinance is published in the Courier or on a date set by the council. The council is considering making the rates effect for December usage, which means consumers would be billed in January.

The first reading of the rates was approved following a public meeting on the proposed increases at the Oct. 21 meeting of the council.

The proposed rates as approved in the second reading are the same as in the first reading. The rates are:

Sewer—The base rate would go from the current $9.56 to $19.31 per month for the first 2,000 gallons. The usage rate would be $6.71 per 1,000 gallons over 2,000 gallons. The current usage rate is $4.78 per 1,000 gallons. The rates are about 50 percent of what may be needed to pay for upgrades to the city’s sewer  system and to make up for the current financial deficit in the sewer account.

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