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City of Brundidge implements utility rate changes

After tabling the rate change at the Dec. 1 meeting, the Brundidge City Council voted to implement the rate changes at its meeting Tuesday.

Residents will see new electric, water, sewer and garbage rates.

“Residents will see the changes on their January bill,” City Manager Brit Thomas said.

At the previous meeting the council made several changes to the ordinance.

The electric fixed flat fee is now $24, which coupled with some other minor changes sets the average bill for 1,000 killowatt-hours at $118, which is down from the current $123.96.

Brundidge Mayor Ramage said with the new changes, puts Brundidge “neck in neck” with Alabama Power Co.

Thomas echoed Ramage saying that while Brundidge will be at $118, Alabama Power Co. is at $120.

Other changes include the proposed fees for new water and sewer taps, as well as the proposed deposit for a new water, server and garbage account.

The fee for a new water tap is $350, up from the previous $175. A new sewer tap will cost $550, up from the previous $225.

The deposit will increase from $25 to $50.

In other business, Thomas said the library project is coming along.

“The shingles are a different color it will take 18-24 months to change color,” Thomas said. “He should bee done two and half to three more weeks.”

Thomas also said the city was concerned about the amount of rain.

“We’ll have to wait about two weeks to see what kind of problems we will have because of the rain,” Thomas said. “Our drainage system has taken a lot of water in the week.”