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City Council lowers local water rates

by Dolores Hamilton
Iowa Park water customers, living within the city limits, will see their monthly utility bill decrease by approximately nine dollars beginning with the May billing cycle.
Monday night the city council voted to increase sewer fees by five percent across the board, and decrease the base water fee by 23 percent. Additional water used over the base rate received a five percent decrease.
The increase in the sewer rate was made to help fund needed infrastructure upgrades.
The new monthly water rates for customers within the city are: first 2,000 gallons, minimum, $32; all over 2,100 gallons, per thousand - $12.90.
New sewer rates include: first 2,000 gallons, $11.55; 2,100 gallons - over, $1.60 per thousand.
In other business the council voted to amend the Code of Ordinances dealing with mobile homes and travel trailers, and mobile hope parks and trailer parks, and added regulations for set-up, requirement for a mobile home office, and fee increases.
Revisions to the Animal Control Ordinance were also approved. Most of the changes were to update the language and procedures, and increased regulations to require basic animal care by the owners.
The appointment of Mike Price to fill a vacancy on the city’s Board of Adjustment was approved.