On Thursday, April 15, The City of Greenbrier Board of Mayor and Alderman (BOMA) approved an ordinance to increase the water rates and sewer rates effective Tuesday, June 1.
According to BOMA, the City has experienced a significant loss of $455,561 in the water and sewer fund for two-plus consecutive years. Also, it has not maintained nor properly prepared for future needs and growth.
Due to this loss, Greenbrier is in violation of state law. Even more concerning, without this correction, the loss would continue until at least 2025. As a remedy, for the first time since the 1990s, the City made the necessary increases to the rates.
For water rates inside the city limits, the flat rate of the first 2,000 gallons is now $19, and per 1,000 gallons after the first 2,000 is $13.04. Water rates for outside the city limits have a flat rate of the first 2,000 gallons of $22.74, and per 1,000 gallons after the first 2,000 of $13.31.
For sewer rates for inside city limits, the flat rate for every customer is now $9, and per 1,000 gallons is $12.65. Sewer rates for outside city limits have a flat rate for every customer of $16.01, and per 1,000 gallons of $13.39.
With these new rates, Greenbrier will be able to cover the rise of expenditures and repairs that the state consent order has mandated.
“Our job as elected officials is to act in the best interest of our city and residents,” said Greenbrier Mayor Lanny Adcock. “I’m thankful that we have a plan in place that heads us in the right direction. Growth for our city is inevitable and we have to plan accordingly.
“Once we are able to stabilize our water and sewer funds and keep up with the growth, I foresee us being able to reduce the rates back down in the future. But for now, we have no choice but to make the hard decision to get our city in compliance.”