For the last six years, City of Cedartown water customers have been undercharged for water service due to an administrative oversight that took place in 2010. Correcting the oversight means that city officials must raise the water billing rates of some of their customers starting in May.
In 2010, under a previous administration and commission, the city manager and chief financial officer proposed an increase of .56 cents for every 750 gallons (100 cubic feet) of water consumed per household. The increase established a base water rate of $2.24 per 750 gallons.
The increase was adopted into local law on Feb. 8, 2010. However, current city administration discovered last week that the amended rate was never added into the city’s billing system. As a result, city water customers have been undercharged on their monthly bills for the last six years. Legally, the commission must now enact the 2010 base water rate increase. This will affect the water bills of approximately 1,669 customers. (more…)