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Lynch City Council considering changes to apartment water rates

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

LYNCH, Ky. (WYMT) - The Lynch City Council is considering changing water, sewer, and garbage rates for one apartment complex.

The Cumberland Manor Apartment complex in Lynch in Harlan County only pays one flat rate to the city, but that could change.

Marty Crider and his family have lived in Cumberland Manor Apartments for two years. He does not have a water, sewer, and garbage bill.

"Just with the electric and other bills we have, we probably couldn't afford it," Crider said.

Lynch City officials say the Cumberland Manor Apartment complex only has one water meter and pays one flat rate of nearly $3,000 each month to the city to include 35 units. Officials say the complex has more units, but not all are occupied monthly.

However, the mayor says City Council is now questioning whether the city is losing money this way.

Council members are discussing whether to make changes and charge for how much water is used instead of the flat rate.

The city's Financial Officer prepared graphs showing how much water the complex used each month since August, 2010 and how much money was paid to the city. The Financial Officer says it might not matter how the bill is paid because it could be the same amount of money either way.

"I don't see any need for any type of adjustment. It's in line with what our customers are paying now," said Mayor John Adams.

City Council is expected to discuss it at the next meeting on November 8th. The council meeting is usually on the first Tuesday of the month, but they had to move the November meeting to Thursday because that Tuesday is Election Day.

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