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Increase in water rates on ICC agenda

Published 9:51am Thursday, February 14, 2013

Sixteen cents. That’s how much more Ironton residents may have to pay per 1,000 gallons of water if city council approves an ordinance to increase its water rates.

The ordinance proposes a 3 percent increase for the water usage fee, from $5.30 per 1,000 gallons to $5.46 per 1,000 gallons. If adopted at tonight’s meeting, the change would take effect on residents’ March billing statements.

The ordinance also sets 3 percent increases in January 2014 to $5.63 and in January 2015 to $5.79.

The ordinance cites rising costs of production and distribution of the city’s water that have steadily increased and the usage increases are to “make certain the city’s water fund remains fiscally solvent.”

Also on the agenda is an ordinance to extend the city’s contract for health insurance coverage for its full-time employees through MedBen at a 3 percent increase.

Resolutions on tonight’s agenda include the city applying for Natureworks grant through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, entering into a contract with the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization and authorizing interim financing from the Ironton Port Authority to fund a portion of riverfront development while grant funds are pending.

Council will meet at 6 p.m. at the city center. There will also be a finance committee meeting at 5 p.m.



  1. lrc

    There is simply no excuse for an increase in anything in this town. We are paying too much for too little as it is. We get our water bill sometimes around the 6th or 7th of the month and it is due on the 10th. Public Utilities Commission mandates a longer period, but no one seems to care. Outrageous to think we now have to pay even more

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  2. bigkahuna

    Flush every second or third visit to the john and you will save money.

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  3. SoundByte

    council has my vote of no confidence.

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  4. SoundByte

    and this on the heels of their reassurance that water bills would not be raised. Is there anything, anything at all this city, council, or local government can be trusted with? Meanwhile any sense of security in town is questionable at best. Revenue? With all the rolling stops, near misses with school children and cars, broken windshields, loud mufflers, loitering, rolling stops, failure to stop, failure to yield, etc etc etc are really enjoying their day. Instead of looking to the honest citizen to fork out more money in a dying town, get it from the criminal, the violators, the drunks, the arseholes!

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  5. Geronimo

    Housing should be cheap in Ironton. Look around at all the vacant houses. Renters only move here when nothing else is available.Then when they pay a few water bills and other utilities they start hunting for rentals in other areas.Nearly every town and village around Ironton is growing faster than this town.

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  6. Ironton Cares

    Why am I so surprised that they are wanting to up the water rates?? Because I am not at all, this town is getting ridiculous on wanting to up rates, don’t they think we pay enough of the water bill as it is? I am like the other post, half of the stuff I have no idea what I am paying for. Rich has really damaged any thoughts I previously had of him and I honestly wish he would not have gotten my vote, how stupid I was and the council, I wish I hadn’t of voted for any of them. Here we go again Ironton, more money!!

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  7. swimmingupstream

    Is it just a coincidence that insurance rates are going up 3 percent and water rates are going up 3 percent???

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  8. klinedandee

    He drinks from another drinking hole across the river. LOL

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  9. Digi

    I can understand the mayor not caring about what he does to make citizens upset he isn’t going to be up for reelection. But I guess the council folks aren’t wanting reelected either. Keep digging into the voters pockets and that’s just what’s going to happen! Look at how high the water bill is now with all the add-on extras there. I don’t even know what some of those things are on there! It’s not about paying for production costs it’s all about paying for raises!

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