Petersburg Press

Due to deficits in water/sewer accounts, rates to go up

Major discussion at the Petersburg Village Board held Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 was the water and sewer rates.
Steve Werner said, “We can’t just keep going in the hole especially with the sewer.”
The board looked at rates from surrounding towns in the Nebraska Rural Water Rate Study and eight communities in similar size to Petersburg. The average monthly base rate was $24.57 and usage rates per thousand gallons was $2.12.
Petersburg is generally among the lowest.
Members agreed that this, along with the sewer account which has operated and will continue to operate at a deficit, is a cause for concern.
Chairman Corey Stokes added, “This just seems to be getting worse and worse. We have had financial problems with water and sewer. Last year, the board did decide to have a three percent increase every year. The auditor has stated the sewer and water systems must be self-supporting. The town has a lot of infrastructure to keep in shape and everything is getting old. Repairs in 2019 were around $55,000 making for a large deficit.”

Read the full story in the Jan. 15 Petersburg Press print and e editions.