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Lake City utility users to see rate hike

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LAKE CITY—Last Thursday, city officials unanimously approved a water rate increase that will be earmarked to help pay for replacing about a mile and a half of antiquated lines.

The increase will be 36 cents tacked on to a minimum bill. For residences with more than 2,000 gallons of usage per month, the increase is $1 per 1,000 gallons of usage.

Councilmen Andrew Howard pointed out that Lake City currently has a water loss rate of 39 percent through its current infrastructure. He also said a water loss rate of 40 percent or more will attract the attention of the state, which could come in and mandate its own water rate structure if the problem is not corrected.

“This will allow us to do something to improve our infrastructure without the state having to step in and do it,” said Howard.

The last time Lake City residents saw a water rate increase was in
July 2011.