FRANKFORT, Ky. (WSAZ) – The Martin County Water District appeared before the Kentucky Civil Service Commission on Thursday in a public hearing demanding an emergency rate increase.
the proposed emergency rate increase for the Martin County Water District would be 11.7%.
The new rate increase proposal follows a previous emergency rate increase of 26.5% granted to Martin County by the state civil service commission in 2019. If the new increase is approved, Martin County taxpayers will pay more than double what they were over four years ago. since.
For most Kentucky water systems, the rate increases cover operating costs. While state and federal grants or loans typically cover infrastructure improvements such as new water tanks or pumps. In this case, the Martin County Water District plans to use the money to improve the water meter reading system, generators, replacement of water pipes at several locations, and repairs and factory upgrades.
According to the public record, the Martin County Water plant was built in 1968. Originally built to accommodate 600 people, and the facility provides services to 3,500.
Craig Miller, the director of the Alliance Water Resources division that provides services to the Martin County Water District, told the panel that “an infusion of cash would be needed to improve the infrastructure and would not be possible without an increase. tariffs. “
A published study According to the Appalachia Citizen’s Law Center, the current cost of water was unaffordable for 45.8% of households in Martin County.
A final decision by the Kentucky Civil Service Commission is usually made a few weeks after the formal hearing.
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