Water users here will see a small increase in their bills beginning next month, after the La Vernia City Council agreed to raise the operations and maintenance fee for water to $3 per month during the Aug. 11 city council meeting. The previous rate was $1 per month.
Operations and maintenance fees include fixing leaks, replacing valves on water lines, and more.
The increase is prompted by a $10,444 increase in the line use and administration costs from Canyon Regional Water Authority.
During the meeting, Mayor Harold Schott said this is the only way to balance the deficit.
“Raising rates is what councils hate to do the most, but we have to have a balanced budget,” he said.
The council also heard from Code Enforcement Officer Janet Thelen about the Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation regarding exterior construction and architectural standards.
According to Thelen, the commission recommended that all new buildings and homes be prohibited from using used siding or concrete board. Those minimum standards would also be in effect for homes that were 51 percent destroyed and needed rebuilding. This would keep a home not in compliance from bringing down property values in a neighborhood.
Councilman Brad Beck agreed that this would be good for new subdivisions, but not for existing residences. Councilman Randy Leonard recommended that the council disregard the document.
The council approved Leonard’s recommendation.
Also at the meeting, the council:
•Decided to hold a special meeting to discuss updating job descriptions for city employees and conducting merit-based performance reviews for city employees.
•Approved the Wilson County Appraisal District’s proposed operating budget for the year 2012 as presented.
•Approved an ordinance calling for a municipal election Tuesday, Nov. 8, for the city of La Vernia, to reauthorize the adoption of a local sales and use tax of one-quarter of one percent for maintenance and repair of municipal streets.