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Town struggling to keep water utility afloat
Updated on: 06.06.13

Nashville Town Council is putting “all options on the table” in the face of declining revenue and increasing expenditures in its water department.

Those options include taking out a loan to pay for repairs to aging infrastructure, raising rates, drilling its own wells to supplement the water it buys from Brown County Water Utility, or selling the utility.

It has to do something quickly, Town Superintendent Roger Bush and Town Clerk-Treasurer Brenda Young told the council at a special meeting tonight.

The utility must cut $161,000 in the next six months, Young said.

The town has already loaned itself $50,000 this year to shore up the water department’s finances. It’s down to $14,000 remaining of that transfer made in May.

In December, January, February, March and April, the utility spent from $3,800 to $44,800 more than it was taking in, and the same is projected to happen for June.

Bush has mentioned a 16.4 percent water rate increase to the council, but they want to investigate all options before putting additional burden on town utility customers. A double-digit sewer rate hike last year – done because the wastewater utility was in similar financial trouble – hit property owners hard.

The wastewater utility is now stable, Bush said – enough that it may be one area the town will have to borrow from to keep the water department afloat.

“We don’t want to get to the point where people can’t afford to live here because of their darn water bill,” said Charles “Buzz” King. “We’re getting close now. People are going to start moving out, and businesses the same thing.”

Council members agreed to add selling the water utility to their list of options, despite concern that it might not be a good long-run solution.

“If you think our equipment and our pipes are going to get better, it’s not,” said town council President Bob Kirlin. “All we’re going to do is continue to sink money into our water department and raise rates.”

Read more in the June 12 Brown County Democrat.

-- Sara Clifford, Brown County Democrat    

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