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Rate increases adopted

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Brazil City Council met Wednesday for the final adoption of proposed water and sewer rate increases.

Ordinance No. 11-2012 will enact a 25 percent increase for water rates, while Ordinance No. 12-2012 will raise sewage rates by 14 percent.

According to Financial Advisor to the city Douglas Baldessari, Umbaugh, at a previous council meeting, the combined monthly billings of both sewer and water for a minimum water user would increase by $5.66 (from $32.14 to $37.80) and for a more average user at 533-cubic feet would increase $12.01 (from $68.38 to 80.39).

The increases will be used to fund line replacements and other improvement projects for the entities.

It will also allow the city to secure grant money and move forward with the Highway 40 project.

The council decided for the increases to be reflected on the December 2012 bill, which would be due January 2013.

The reasoning is because it will allow the resale customers -- such as surrounding towns -- to have time to draw up their rate change ordinances.

Councilman Sam Glover made the motion to accept Ordinance No. 11, which was seconded by Councilman Brad Deal. The ordinance then passed 4-1, with Councilwoman Ann Bradshaw opposed.

Deal then made the motion to accept Ordinance No. 12, which was seconded by Councilman Tyler Hutcheson. The ordinance once again passed 4-1, with Bradshaw opposed.

The Brazil City Council meets regularly the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m., at Brazil City Hall.

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thanks for trying Ann the rest must have to much money and dont know what to do with it. and to take affect on the dec bill due the first of jan. like christmas and the winter is not hard enough to get thru for a lot of families. thay just made it harder.

-- Posted by pepsilady on Thu, Sep 20, 2012, at 4:29 AM

so now where in the hell do you idiots think the elderly and low income people are going to come up with the extra money.....OH WE ARE GOING TO GET RAISES FROM THE PEOPLE WE WORK FOR.....I THINK NOT....ITS JUST ANOTHER STEP BACK IN BRAZIL BECAUSE FRANKLY YOU ARENT LOOKING OUT FOR US REMEMBER THIS THIS WILL BE YOUR LAST TERM IN OFFICE

-- Posted by brazil citizen on Thu, Sep 20, 2012, at 11:16 PM

We were told the last increase we had was to pay for line replacements and other improvements due to the new water towers being built. They think we won't remember the reasons they say the increases are for but we do. This is rediculous that they keep giving the same reasons over and over for increasing our bills. I also do not see how increasing our bills for water and sewage would in any way help to secure grant money for the highway 40 project (which has been "in the works" for about the last decade) that we don't even need. We have way too much through traffic going down 40 the way it is, we don't need any more.

-- Posted by crybbyh8r on Fri, Sep 21, 2012, at 5:35 PM

squeeze us till we break, im so happy to put money in some kind of fund in some bank account only for it to be stolen later by some other crooked politician. i want to sell my house and move

-- Posted by Ninesy on Sat, Sep 22, 2012, at 5:40 PM


I agree with everything you said, except for the hwy 40 project. We do need that.!! That is the only way we are going to get our streets fixed where it transitions from 40 to the other streets.

-- Posted by TiredofIdiots on Wed, Sep 26, 2012, at 10:03 PM

While I do prefer to pay super cheap rate, I also am mindful that we still have some of the cheapest rates around. We can't gain the statue that surrounding cities and counties do, by giving away our resources.

-- Posted by Oldtown on Thu, Sep 27, 2012, at 6:41 AM

everybody wants everything for free pay a little more --get a little more

try living elsewhere the reason most other places look better is because they pay more

for utiliies gas tax etc if we dont like it we can move

-- Posted by 2amigos on Tue, Oct 2, 2012, at 2:38 PM

We pay so much for our water bill. This is not even funny. Yes... I agree that you have to pay to have nice things; however, look at the rates of other communities around the area.

-- Posted by Unsolicitedtidbits on Tue, Oct 2, 2012, at 3:50 PM

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