The numbers are in. Napoleon city council and surrounding communities had been waiting on a rate study from Courtney and Associates, that would determine how much water rates would have to be raised, to pay for needed improvements to the water distribution plant in Napoleon. City manager Monica Irelan has put the numbers together, with proposed rates over the next five years, starting with the price tag for the water plant rehabilitation. The proposed increase would be 3% for each of the first three years; and then a rate hike of 25 to 29% would be needed in the fourth year to pay for improvements. But Napoleon Council could opt to spread that 25% increase over the early years as well.
City manager Irelan says this rate increase is a worst-case scenario. If the plant rehab and financing would come-in lower that expected, then rates could be lower.
Some members of the proposed water consortium from northern HenryCounty were in attendance at the Napoleon council meeting. The city manager reports she is open to any dialogue with any member to determine if they would like to remain a customer, or part of a consortium. But she would like to know their level of involvement by early 2015, to get the process rolling in a timely fashion.