Nashville Town Council To Vote On Increased Water Rates

The Nashville town council will vote Thursday on whether to increase water rates, with many the hike is necessary.

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Nashville, Indiana

Nashville’s water utility is operating in the red –  something that is not supposed to happen. The infrastructure is old, and officials say it frequently breaks causing water loss.

As water meters become old they become lousy, they allow free water to pass through and that in turn adds to the  problem and  lowers the amount of revenue coming in so right now the way it is the utility is on a decline,” said Town Superintendent Roger Bush.

The city hired Indianapolis firm H.J. Humbaugh to conduct a study looking at the water issue. The findings encourage the city to raise water rates and use the additional revenue to  replace the aging infrastructure and pay for the water being used.

Town Council President Bob Curlin says that’s the only option.

“It’s something that council does not want to do, it’s something the community, Nashville does not want to do,” Curlin said. “Unfortunately sometimes in life we don’t have a lot of alternatives and this is the best one we have found.”

Council members will vote on the proposed rate hike at their Thursday meeting.  If passed, the rate increase would be almost 30 percent. Curlin says residents have opposed smaller increases in previous years, which is why it is so high.

Claire McInerny

Claire McInerny is a reporter/producer for WFIU/WTIU news. She comes to WFIU/WTIU from KCUR in Kansas City. She graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Kansas where she discovered her passion for public media and the stories it tells. You can follow her on Twitter @ClaireMcInerny.

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