Tonganoxie City Council OKs water rate increase
City water rates will increase in August as the city passes on a cost increase in wholesale water rates.
The increase was one of several rate or fee hikes the Tonganoxie City Council approved Monday.
The council approved the water rate increase in response to the city of Bonner Springs raising the cost of water to Public Wholesale Water District No. 6 from $2.36 to $2.48 per 1,000 gallons.
With the increase, the monthly water bill for Tonganoxie residents using 1,000 gallons of water or less will increase from $15.96 to $16.08. That charge includes a $9.50 debt service fee. The cost for an additional 1,000 gallons a month will increase from $4.17 to $4.29 a month.
The water rate was last increased in May 2008 for the same reason.
The council also agreed to increase the city's bulk water rate from 50 cents for 50 gallons and $10 for 1,000 gallons to 75 cents for 50 gallons and $15 for 1,000 gallons.
Those paying fines for traffic or other violations in city court also will have to dig deeper starting in July. The council approved a measure increasing court costs from $45 to $50.
The increase reflects a $1 increase in the state's law enforcement training fund and a $4 increase to the city’s general fund.
Faced with the expense of having to mow as many as 14 unattended lawns a week, the council directed City Administrator Mike Yanez to add a reasonable administration fee to the $60 labor and equipment fee it charges for moving unattended over-grown yards.
The council also increased the permit for fireworks stands from $100 to $250. The increase will not become effective until after the current Fourth of July sales season.
It was noted that the city’s charge was still considerably cheaper than those of nearby municipalities. For example, Basehor charges $1,000 and Bonner Springs charges $750 for a permit.
However, Tonganoxie residents won't have to pay more for trash service the next three years. The council approved a three-year extension to Honey Creek Disposal Service Inc.'s contract with the city that has no increase in service fees.