Toccoa City Commission To Meet Today

Water and gas rates lead the agenda for today’s meeting of the Toccoa City Commission.

The city commission is set to meet at 5 p.m. at Toccoa City Hall.

During the meeting, the city commission is expected to consider increasing the outside-the-city water rate to 1.25 times the inside-the-city water rate and consider a gas rate change for the purpose of funding the relocation of utilities in conjunction with the Highway 17 widening and relocation project.

During a budget work session earlier this month, Toccoa City Manager Mike Jackson pointed to the water rate change as a way to increase revenue for the city’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget.

City officials said that if the city increased the water rate for a county customer across the board to 1.25 times the rate of a city customer, it would result in about $457,000 in additional revenue for the city each year.

As for the effect on a customer, the city said a county residential water customer’s average water bill would increase by $4.28 per month based on an average monthly consumption of a residential customer of 4,263 gallons.

Meanwhile regarding the gas rate change, minutes from a city commission work session on April 11 state the city commission is considering increasing the add charge from .20 to .50 to help pay to have utilities moved as part of the widening and relocation of Highway 17 in Stephens County.

Prior to the city commission’s regular 5 p.m. meeting, the commission is expected to hold a budget work session at Toccoa City Hall. That is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.