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Turkish council increases municipal water tariffs

The Turkish Council of Commissioners discusses the issues at its regular monthly meeting.

Michael B. Hardison | Independent Sampson

TURKEY – The city council recently voted to increase water tariffs in the city, in response to a recent study

“We had on the agenda a few months ago that we were going to talk about the study of rates,” said the mayor of Turkey, Max Pope. “And, at the end of the day, we have to decide whether or not we’re going to increase water prices. They’ve been constant for so long and they can stay constant over and over again. It’s yours.”

At the end of the talks, the board approved a monthly increase of $ 2.50 for residents of Turkey, which will go into effect on bills in July. The initial increase was proposed for $ 5 per month, but the board opted for half, with the option to revisit the rate increase the following year to determine if another increase of $ 2.50- to 5. $ – will be needed.

There are currently 136 residents who will be affected by this increase, including 10 to 12 outside Turkey who will pay double.

There were several factors why a tariff increase was even on the table, one of the main reasons being that the water tariff for Turkey has remained unchanged for the past three years. This latest increase was 3 percent.

The second reason is that Turkey is operating below the state’s minimum revenue requirement for tariffs of around $ 8,000, according to city officials. The total needed for this year was $ 76,490 and $ 78,107 for the following year. The city’s recently approved budget for 2021-2022 is approximately $ 70,000 in estimated revenues.

Turkey city officials also pointed out that the water supply system is 45 years old, and if there is a major problem, the city would need funds to deal with this emergency.

“We have a water supply system of which we are very fortunate and which functions as it is with its current age,” said Commissioner Tony Moore. “And, we only have about 60,000 people in the water fund. If we were to encounter a serious problem, we could consider thousands of dollars in repairs. “

“We have to try to build something in case, God forbid, something happens,” he added.

Contact Michael B. Hardison at 910-592-8137, ext. 2588. Follow us on Twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

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