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Water rates will have to go up to keep with expenses
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Apr 18, 2013 | 920 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jones County’s water committee members discuss the need to raise rates for water customers to keep up with repairs at last week’s meeting.
Jones County’s water committee members discuss the need to raise rates for water customers to keep up with repairs at last week’s meeting.
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Jones County water customers can expect a rate increase in their monthly water bills before summer arrives.

The water committee of the Jones County Board of Commissioners met April 11 to talk about why the water department is losing money and create a plan to correct the problem.

Commissioner Larry Childs is the chairman of the committee. He called the meeting to order and stated that rates had not been raised for two years.

“We’ve had an abundance of expenses and are using sales tax funds where we can,” Childs said.

The chairman said he is worried they will not have the money to run waterlines down Gray Highway if they continue to use sales tax funds for other projects. He said the intention of the water department’s portion of the SPLOST funds was to put water down Gray Highway to attract commercial growth.

Childs said a recent sewer break cost $8,000 to repair, and more money is needed for sewer rehab.

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