Residents in Warsaw will now pay just a little bit more for their water bills.
This, after a 4-1 vote during last night’s special budget meeting.
People will now see a 2% hike.
The third price rise in three years.
9 On Your Side spoke to town commissioner Valerie Nelson.
She was the only person who voted ‘no’ to the water bill increase.
“I said no because I do believe that there were other ways we could have found funds somewhere out of the budget,” said Nelson.
Nelson said that with better management of resources they could have easily cut the impact on the residents with small decisions like not buying a brand-new street sweeper– but instead investing in a used one.
Town manager Scotty Summerlin said residents who use 4,000 gallons of water a month will see an average of a less than a $1.50 increase in their bill.
But residents still say that’s too much.
Judy Hall is concerned about a possible 2% spike in the Town of Warsaw’s water bill.
Hall is on a fixed income and said she is already closely monitoring her water usage
“From the tub to the shower can’t get in the tub too many times cause my water bill will go up,” said Hall. Can’t stay in the shower too long, it’ll go up”
Summerlin said he understands.
“Everyone we understand is on a fixed income,” said Summerlin. Everybody has limited dollars. And we are trying to provide a good quality product.”
The product, the sewer system and treatment plant that the town manager said that’s where the extra funds will go to.
And also helps pay a $4 million debt for their sewer rehab project.
“And so, from going door to door that was our only method and having them sign a petition,” said Marzella Morrisey a community member.
Hall and other community members have collected over 300 signatures to show town commissioners they are against the possible increase.
They have even taken to Facebook making videos encouraging the community to get engaged.
And with all their efforts Halls hope is, “I hope they don’t raise that water bill. I hope the residents know that I and the town board are looking towards the future.”