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.