POMEROY — Pomeroy Village Council unanimously approved delaying a 4.75 percent increase to water and sewer rates until June 1.
The third reading of the ordinance to amend a previously passed ordinance was held during a brief special council meeting on Sunday evening.
The rate increase was set to go into effect on Feb. 1, but after approval on Sunday, the annual increase will now become effective on the first bill generated after June 1 of each year.
Council President Don Anderson asked for clarification as to if the rate increase would be on the bills which are due in June or if it would become effective for the bill due in July.
Clerk Sue Baker stated that the way the ordinance reads means that the increase will be on any bills generated after June 1.
Bills are typically generated on the last business day of the month (example: May 31 for bills due June 10), meaning the increase would not be on the bill due June 10, unless the bills were generated June 1 or after.
Members of council emphasized that the water office should make sure the bills which are due in June are generated prior to June 1 so that the increase is not on those bills. Should this be the case the first bill with the increase would be due on July 10.
The delay in the rate increase comes after weeks of discussion and the calling of two special meetings in order to get the amendment approved prior to Feb. 1.
The next regularly scheduled Pomeroy Council meeting is at 7 p.m. on Feb. 6.
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