Corcoran city leaders considering approving new water rate plan that will lower cost for some

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Corcoran city leaders could approve a new water rate plan that would send money back into the pockets of residents in the South Valley city. (KFSN)

Corcoran city leaders could approve a new water rate plan that would send money back into the pockets of residents in the South Valley city.

Back in March, the city of Corcoran looked at the possibility of changing water rates for customers. A rate consultant was hired to a study on water rates and the usage based on homes, apartments, commercial, and industrial business.

The results suggested lowering rates for residents because their water usage is lower than major business.

"Our single family metered residents will see a 14-percent decrease in their water rates. Our multi-family customers will see about a 38-percent decrease," said Kindon Meik, Corcoran City Manager.

Major industrial businesses, like construction and the Corcoran State Prison, will likely see their rates go up in the proposed rate change is approved.

The city council is holding a public meeting on Tuesday. City leaders will hear from anyone who has concerns over the possible rate changes.

Debt from the city's water treatment plant is now paid off and the city's manager now is the time to lower rates.

"We look at all expenses that go into operating the system. That's everything from electricity and chemicals at the plant, that's man power and other professional services, repairs, so forth," said Meik.

Some businesses that are on a flat rate will not likely see a change in their water bill. But some for some senior citizens in Corcoran the change would be a big benefit to their monthly budget.

"Oh yes, definitely. It would be great news if my bill would just go down or just leave it the way it is. I just don't want it to go any higher because it is too much," said Ruth Ontiveros, Corcoran resident.

The meeting is set to begin at 5:30 Tuesday night.

The city manager tells us he has only had a few complaints from business about the rate change. But a protest of 51-percent from costumers is needed to stop it.

If approved the rate change goes into effect on October 1st.
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