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Trinity council raises water rates, tap fees

By Ronnie Thomas
rthomas@decaturdaily.com 340-2438

TRINITY — The Trinity Town Council on Monday approved a water rate adjustment that Mayor Vaughn Goodwin said is the first since 1998.

The town hiked both the minimum residential and commercial rates by $1.27. Councilman Bruce Sparkman said residents will pay $11 for the first 2,500 gallons and business owners will pay $14.27 for the first 3,000 gallons.

The council also approved increasing tap fees for both 3/4-inch and 5/8-inch meters to $550 plus a $50 service connect fee, and the tap fee for a 1-inch meter to $750 plus a $50 service connect fee.

The tap fee for any meter larger than a 1-inch will be actual costs.

Goodwin said the rates will probably become effective Aug. 1.

"This adjustment is to get our rates more in line with where the Alabama Rural Water Association said they should be, after they came and did a study for us," he said.

"Actually, their study suggested we charge residents $12.16 for the first 2,500 gallons."

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