Monona Council discusses raising water rates

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

At its Aug. 4 meeting, the Monona City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance to increase the city’s water rates by 10 percent.

 

For the first 1,000 gallons used per month, the rate will rise from $10.91 to $12. For over 1,000 gallons used per month, it will go from $3.10 to $3.41 per 1,000 gallons.

 

For users outside the city, the first 1,000 gallons will rise from $16.10 to $17.71, then from $4.72 to $5.19 per 1,000 gallons after that.

 

This is the first time the rates would rise in three years, said City Administrator Dan Canton. Since then, the city has built up funds, he said, but some incidences, like hydrant replacements and water main breaks, have strained those funds.

 

“At some point, the old water tower will need to come down and the new one painted,” he said, explaining why building up funds again is important.

 

If the increase is approved, Canton said it would bring in $17,000 to $18,000 annually.

 

At the meeting, Canton said he also plans to submit a REAP grant application to replace the public restrooms at the city park. If funding is provided, the new restrooms would be larger, as well as handicap accessible, tying into the newly constructed all-inclusive playground. They would also be more energy efficient.

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