Water rate hike expected this year

Staff Writer
ARLINGTON — Water rates in Arlington are expected to rise this summer to start generating “seed money” to help finance the replacement of a water tower, Village Council heard Monday.
Arlington’s Board of Public Affairs is working on the details for a replacement water tower, according to board President Mike Best.
While the public affairs board hasn’t officially acted on a rate hike, the base rate is expected to rise by $2 for each two-month billing cycle.
Best suggested the increase might be reflected in the May-June billing cycle.
Best said the rate hike is expected to generate $6,000 annually, which could be used as “seed money” when seeking grants or loans for the project.
“We’d rather do (water rate increases) small than one big one,” Best said. Council has no vote on water rates.
No time frame has been established yet for building the water tower.
Separately, the public affairs board is considering installing security cameras at the water treatment plant.
The board has been discussing the idea and wanted to ascertain if council wanted to help pay for cameras. No decision was reached Monday.
In other business, council:
• Heard that Arlington Fire Department attended a hazardous materials refresher course Saturday.
• Was informed that two waterline breaks have been repaired, while another possible leak has not yet been located.
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