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  • Ripley water rate hike will increase revenues by 6.44%

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  • RIPLEY - An ordinance enacted by Ripley City Council during its meeting on September 17 will increase water rates and charges for furnishing water service to 2,443 customers in Ripley and the surrounding area. The new rates will become effective 45 days from September 17 unless otherwise ordered by the Public Service Commission, and will produce approximately $59,305 annually in increased revenue—an increase of 6.44%.
    As Councilman Russ Vannoy commented at an earlier meeting, the water rate hike “was expected and overdue.”
    Average month water bill changes will include:
    Residential
    Minimum bill (2,000 gallons): $15.04 (present rate); $15 (proposed rate); dollar difference minus four cents; percentage difference (-0.27%)
    3,400 gallons (average use): $22.53 (present rate); $23.54 (proposed rate); dollar difference +$1.01; percentage difference (+4.48%)
    4,000 gallons: $25.74 (present rate); $27.20 (proposed rate); dollar difference +$1.46; percentage difference (+5.67%)
    4,500 gallons: $28.42 (present rate); $30.25 (proposed rate); dollar difference +$1.84; percentage difference (+6.46%)
    10,000 gallons: $57.84 (present rate); $63.80 (proposed rate); dollar difference +$5.96; percentage difference (+10.30%)
    Commercial
    Minimum bill (2,000 gallons): $15.04 (present rate); $15 (proposed rate); dollar difference minus four cents; percentage difference (-0.27%)
    4,000 gallons: $25.74 (present rate); $27.20 (proposed rate); dollar difference +$1.46; percentage difference (+5.67%)
    4,500 gallons: $28.42 (present rate); $30.25 (proposed rate); dollar difference +$1.84; percentage difference (+6.46%)
    10,000 gallons: $57.84 (present rate); $63.80 (proposed rate); dollar difference +$5.96; percentage difference (+10.30%)
    17,200 gallons (average use): $82.89 (present rate); $94.80 (proposed rate); dollar difference +$11.91; percentage difference (+14.37%)
    Former Evans PSD Residential
    Minimum bill (0 gallons): $16.29 (present rate); $15 (proposed rate); dollar difference -$1.29; percentage difference (-7.92%)
    Minimum bill (2,000 gallons): $22.39 (present rate); $15 (proposed rate); dollar difference -$7.39; percentage difference (-33.01%)
    4,000 gallons (average use): $28.49 (present rate); $27.20 (proposed rate); dollar difference +$1.29; percentage difference (-4.53%)
    4,500 gallons: $30.02 (present rate); $30.25 (proposed rate); dollar difference +$0.23; percentage difference (+0.78%)
    10,000 gallons: $46.79 (present rate); $63.80 (proposed rate); dollar difference +17.01; percentage difference (+36.35%)
    Former Evans PSD Commercial
    Minimum bill (0 gallons): $16.29 (present rate); $15 (proposed rate); dollar difference -$1.29; percentage difference (-7.92%)
    Minimum bill (2,000 gallons): $22.39 (present rate); $15 (proposed rate); dollar difference -$7.39; percentage difference (-33.01%)
    4,000 gallons (average use): $28.49 (present rate); $27.20 (proposed rate); dollar difference +$1.29; percentage difference (-4.53%)
    4,500 gallons: $30.02 (present rate); $30.25 (proposed rate); dollar difference +$0.23; percentage difference (+0.78%)
    7,300 gallons: $38.56 (present rate); $47.33 (proposed rate); dollar difference +$8.78’ percentage difference (+22.76%)
    10,000 gallons: $46.79 (present rate); $63.80 (proposed rate); dollar difference +17.01; percentage difference (+36.35%)
    The City of Ripley is not increasing the water resale rate for Southern Jackson County Public Service District. Both the city and the SJCPSD plan to petition the PSD to determine the resale rate.
    Increased stated above are based on averages in indicated classes. Individual customers may see increases greater or less than the averages.
    A legal public notice of the proposed rate increased appears on today’s Classified Pages.
    Customers who wish to protest the changed rates must present a petition to the PSC signed by at least 25% of customers within 30 days for the adoption of the city ordinance.
    Page 2 of 2 - Customers served by the city waterworks residing outside the city limits who are affected by the rate changes believing there is discrimination between city customers and those outside the city limits may petition the PSC with evidence of the alleged discrimination.
    City customers or groups of city customers believing there is discrimination among groups or customers may petition the PSC with evidence of alleged discrimination.
    Any and all petitions should be addressed to the Executive Secretary, Public Service Commission of West Virginia, 201 Brooks Street, P.O. Box 812, Charleston, WV 25323.
    A complete copy of the proposed rates is available to customers, prospective customers or their agents at the Recorder’s Office at Ripley City Hall or at the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Public Service Commission in Charleston.
     
     
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