What we reported
The city of Magnolia authorized engineering firm Jones & Carter to conduct a water and sewer rate analysis in 2017, which recommended higher water and wastewater rates for most of the city’s users. The study’s findings also recommended implementing an institutional rate for schools and tax-exempt entities. The city is considering adjusting its water and wastewater rates for the first time since 2005 to keep up with the rising cost of water production, treatment and distribution, City Administrator Paul Mendes said.
Magnolia Mayor Todd Kana said institutional and commercial rates could be adjusted in January while residents are not likely to see a change in their bill until mid 2018. Magnolia City Council members met Jan. 9 to further discuss water and sewer categories and the adjusted rate prices.
The council will continue rolling out adjusted rates for all users, which must be voted upon before being implemented. City officials are also considering expanding the city’s wastewater treatment capacity to keep pace with anticipated development.
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