Paintsville Residents Facing Possible Utility Rate Increase

Paintsville Utility commissioners are trying to figure out how to pay for a new $23 million dollar water treatment plant.

The new plant will replace their outdated 50 year old plant. Officials say they also need it to meet the state's safe water drinking standards. They already have the land and architecture designs, but no money. They're applying for federal grants, but say customers might have to pay some too. A rate increase is a possibility.

"Nobody knows for sure. You know there will have to be some sort of a rate increase anytime you have to borrow money. That's the reason we're not sure right now. It's pure speculation because it depends on how much grant dollars we get," said Larry Herald, Paintsville Utilities Manager.

Residents can offer their opinion at a joint City Council, Utility Commission meeting next Thursday at five o'clock.

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