Water Rate Increase Could Be On The Way For One City

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Most of us see higher bills around this time of year, but the cold has nothing to do with why people in one community could be seeing a major hike.

People in the city of Lynch could be soon paying much more on their water bills to help rescue the city from a budget crisis.

Twenty dollars more a month, that's what customers could be paying.

Lynch's mayor says it's because of city bills that went unpaid for years.

Terina Collins says she already pays too much on her water, sewer and garbage bill.

“For just me and my seven year old son 70 to 80 dollars a month,” Terina Collins said.

Collins fears that could grow to over one hundred dollars a month.

Lynch's mayor says state and federal tax officials are now forcing the city to pay over forty thousand dollars from old bills.

He says the city clerk failed to pay for years. She was recently fired, even though the mayor does not suspect wrongdoing.

“Maybe overwhelmed and there wasn't enough to do with and she did the best she did,” Mayor Bob Collier said.

Now the mayor is calling on Lynch residents to make up for the city's seven thousand dollar a month shortfall.

Many people say those with fixed incomes won't be able to pay anymore per month.

Mayor Collier says times are tough, “There comes a time when we have to do other things and this is one of those times.”

The city council and the mayor will be discussing the matter when they meet again next month.

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