Evart raises water and sewer rates

January 26, 2017

By John Raffel

The Evart City Council received a recommendation its water and sewer committee that the council increase the water rates at its recent meeting.

The council improved the recommendation.

The recommendation was to increase the water rate from $2.37 at 1,000 to $3.50 a household. The sewer side went up 13 cents from $6.67 to 6.80.

“We’re set up based on your pipe size leading into your home, “ said Evart city manager Zackary Szakacs, city manager, adding that the reason for the increases “were maintenance, operating costs, and to have money so we can build our water and sewer funds in case we have an emergency or something. Technically, it’s an enterprise fund and the community owns it. But they know we need the revenue to operate it yearly, plus put some aside for capital improvement.”

There’s other items the city’s been focusing on but the water and sewer rates was a key issue for this time of year, Szakacs indicated.

“It’s right after holidays, so that’s one of the major things we have to take care of,” he said, adding that ice and snow removal has gone pretty well. There’s a concern with potholes due to the fluctuation in weather.

“We’re having our share of potholes,” he said.

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