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  • Camdenton aldermen discuss assessing sewer rates yearly

  • During a preliminary discussion about water and sewer rates, Camdenton City Administrator Jeff Hancock did not recommend a rate increase but did encourage aldermen to make reviewing the rates a yearly discussion instead of every two years.
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  • During a preliminary discussion about water and sewer rates, Camdenton City Administrator Jeff Hancock did not recommend a rate increase but did encourage aldermen to make reviewing the rates a yearly discussion instead of every two years.
    Hancock left his seat alongside Mayor John McNabb and aldermen to move to the podium facing the board during Tuesday night's meeting so that he could explain the water and sewer agenda item.
    He began by giving the board a short history lesson on the city's rates. According to Hancock, the rates were raised four years ago but then did not change two years ago. As it stands now, the board only reviews the rates once every two years. He would like to see that change.
    "I think personally we should be looking at these annually," Hancock told the board.
    He also told them that the city's cash flow for water and sewer is up to $1.6 million. He was clear that he was not recommending a rate increase at this time but said it may have to be looked at in the years to come in order to fund the depreciation of equipment.
    Some of the aldermen spoke up in agreement with Hancock.
    "I agree. You would have a better handle on what to project next year," Ward III alderwoman Sandy Osborn said of the annual review.
    Ward I alderman Dan Hagedorn echoed Osborn's sentiments.
    "It makes more sense than to look at it every two, three or five years," Hagedorn said.
    Hancock added that his goal in the yearly discussion would be to be transparent.
    A decision was not made at Tuesday night's meeting. The item will be brought up for discussion again in October.

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