GREENBRIER — Greenbrier residents will see a $0.71 climb in their water rates in 2018.
City council members voted unanimously during a regularly scheduled meeting Monday to raise water rates.
Residents currently pay $19.60 for their first 1,000 gallons of water used each month. Each $1,000 gallons after that costs an additional $3.54.
Mayor Sammy Joe Hartwick informed alderman an increase was needed, noting the city would be more stable with a rate of $4 for each additional 1,000 gallons.
“We are extremely cheap compared to other towns,” he said.
Alderman Joyce Johnson proposed the city raise its rates by $0.71, which she said she believed would be more effective than Hartwick’s $0.46 suggestion.
“I don’t want to pay for higher water any more than anyone else does,” she said.
However, she said, raising rates by $0.46 would act as a band aid to the city and wouldn’t properly address the fact that the city needs more money.
“We’re to the point that if we keep eating [costs] and are barely breaking even, we’re not going to have any upgrades,” she said.
Greenbrier aldermen unanimously approved the hike, which is set to take effect Jan. 1, 2018.
In other business, aldermen unanimously approved a special use permit that would allow a tattoo parlor to open shop.
Owner Matt Ponton said he plans to open doors to NVUS INK by mid-November. The shop will be located at 50 S. Broadview St. Suite 103.
Because Ponton applied for a permit with the Planning Commission before council members voted last month to keep like-stores from establishing themselves within 1,000 feet of a school, the ordinance did not affect him.