For the first time in four years some people living in Marshall County are going to see increases in some of their utility bills. Something many people say is another burden that will stress their monthly budgets.
In an ordinance passed in May, and effective as of July 1st, Glen Dale sewer public utility customers can expect to see rate increases for their sewer and water utilities on their August bills.
Thirty percent for sewer and twenty-five percent for water, that’s how much customers will be impacted by the recent change in their utility bills in Glen Dale. Those numbers equate to about $1.41 in changes for water rates and about $2.11 for sewage, but in today’s financial climate those living on fixed incomes or people raising families said it will be a big impact on how they operate throughout the month, “Prices are going up everywhere it seems like and I’m a stay at home mom, so we have to compensate somewhere and save, really watch what we spend on; so this is an impactful raise, for sure,” is how stay-at-home mom, Bethany Emery responded to learning about the increase.
The rate increases affect nearly 11-hundred people who reside in this small city. When contacted, Officials with the Municipal Pool said the raise in rates will not affect the way they operate or the prices they charge for admission, even though it will cost the pool more money to fill up at the beginning of the next pool season.
Other parents who live there said, they understand the need for upgrades, but it doesn’t help them to keep food on their tables, “It’s frustrating, I know that things need upgraded in the city, but when you’re working and trying to make ends meet, to have another bill go up is kind of hard for working families,” said Glen Dale resident, Leslie Tedesco.
Glen Dale like most other communities in the Ohio Valley have an aging infrastructure and Officials said they’ve been able to install a new lift station, and make other necessary repairs without raising rates, but there are a number of other factors such as; gasoline prices, the cost of supplies, and general inflation that lead to the raise in rates after several years of stagnant utility prices.
“Well, since it’s been over a decade and I know that, that there’s a plant right here behind my house and I’m sure that costs money to pay for and I’m sure the guys at work want raises and stuff like that, so I know if it counted on me getting a raise, I might want to raise some rates, but things are getting more expensive,” is how Glen Dale resident Robert Parsons described how he felt about the raise in rates.