A resolution amending water rates was presented to the Minden City Council during the May 16 meeting. The resolution focused on residential water rates only.
Minden water rates have not increased since 2000. Raising residential water rates was proposed to curb peak water demand and generate funds for the future expansion of the Water Treatment Plant. New rates of $20 minimum including five units of water, $1 rate for 6-10 units, $1.50 rate for 11-40 units, and $2 rate for greater than 40 units were approved by the council during the April 6 meeting.
Resolution 1734 increases residential water rates, but not commercial rates. The reason for holding off on commercial water rate increases is to analyze summer consumption data for the next six months to make a determination on commercial rates. Before taking action on the resolution, Councilman Larry Evans noted the rates in the resolution are different than the rates approved on April 6. The council approved Resolution 1734 amending water rates with amendments correcting the clerical errors by majority vote.
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