Aldermen approve revisions to water rates, revisit scheduled meeting times

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

During the March 18 Concordia Board of Aldermen, the board unanimously approved changes to the cityís water rates.

Under the proposal, non-wholesale users would see a $2 increase for service availability, a 5 percent increase to Tier I, a 5 percent increase to Tier II, and a 3 percent to Tier III. The lowest userís bill would increase from an average of $13.96 per month to $16.09 per month, or an increase of approximately $25.56 per year. The highest non-wholesale customer will see a monthly average increase of $550.77 per month, or an increase of $6,609.24 annually.

The new rates would bring in $1,060,598 in revenue, and will result in an estimated surplus of $10,081 per year. The changes incorporate funding for maintenance agreements already in place.

In related business, the board unanimously approved an across-the-board 5 percent increase to the cityís sewer rates. The increase is estimated to generate an additional $8,060 in calculated revenues.

Under the new rates, the lowest userís bills will go from an average of $6.90 per month to $7.23 per month, for an estimated annual increase of $3.96. The highest non-wholesale userís bill is estimated to increase by $121.60 per month, or $1,459.20 per year. Estimated revenues should exceed historical expenses by $37,150.

In other business, the board also approved payment of $57,250 to the Missouri Rural Services Workerís Compensation Trust for 2019 workerís compensation coverage. MRSWCT submitted the lowest bid for the annual coverage. The coverage is based on a budgeted annual payroll of $911,083. City Administrator Dale Klussman explained why the premium is higher than last yearís cost of $30,550.

ďThe Experience Modifier (in the policy formula) increased from 0.77 to 1.38 due to costs of closed claims against the city in the amount of $231,892.02,Ē Klussman said.

In his report to the board, Mayor Michael Brown commended city workers for helping provide shelter and other services to people stranded on the highway during the recent snowstorm. He also asked the board about going back to 7 p.m. for meeting times during the spring and summer months. The board agreed unanimously to begin meetings at 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month during Daylight Saving Time months, and to revert 5 p.m. meeting times when DST ends.

The nextConcordia Board of Aldermen meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, April 1.

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