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Medora May Increase Sewer Rates $4

Last updated on Saturday, June 16, 2012

(MEDORA) - At least one of three town council members is opposed to the idea of increasing this community’s sewer rates.

"I'm not going to go along with it," Councilman Jim Davers said Monday night during a meeting of the council at town hall.

Davers was referring to a proposal made by council President Robert Thompson during the council's May meeting.

At that time, Thompson said the town needed to increase the sewer rates for customers by $4 a month to keep up with expenses.

Davers said he has received complaints about that possibility from some town residents, especially those on fixed incomes. " We already have the highest sewer rates in southern Indiana," Davers said.

Councilwoman Sharon Bowers said she also had received some complaints about the possible rate increase and asked if there might be another way to raise funds.

Thompson said the council must do something to ensure the sewer utility has money to operate, and the increase was the only way of doing so.

Davers said the council must try to see if there is some way the state could help the town cope with the issue.

Thompson said he had not heard any complaints from town residents about the idea.

He suggested the council schedule an executive session at 5:30 p.m. July 9 before the council's regular meeting to deal with the issue.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

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