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Ordinance #: 2022-07
CITY OF ELKINS, WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND ADJUST MONTHLY SEWER RATES AND FEES IN THE CITY OF ELKINS, ARKANSAS.
WHEREAS, the City of Elkins is required to set its rates by ordinance to establish sewer rates and fees to pay all costs set forth in Ark. Code Ann. $ 14-253–223; and
WHEREAS, on August 18th, 2022, the City Council introduced an ordinance to adjust city sewer rates and fees, and called for the publication of the proposed rates as well as the public hearing set for September 15th, 2022, in accordance with Arkansas Law; and
WHEREAS, the Elkins Water and Sewer committee has carefully reviewed the rate study and recommended adoption of the sewer rates and fees, attached hereto as Exhibit “A“; and
WHEREAS, after holding a Public Hearing and hearing public input as well as the input of the Elkins Water and Sewer Committee, the City Council has determined that it is necessary to adjust the monthly sewer rates in order to adequately finance the sewer system in the City of Elkins as required by Arkansas Law. A copy of the resolution introducing this ordinance and a copy of the public notice of the proposed rates and fees, and public hearing are attached hereto as Exhibit “B” and Exhibit “C”.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED, by the City Council of the City of Elkins, Arkansas:
Section 1. That the sewer rates and fees in the City of Elkins are hereby amended, as set forth in the attached Exhibit“A”.
Section 2. All City of Elkins ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are hereby repealed to the extent of the conflict.
Section 3. In the event that any section, paragraph, subdivision, clause, phrase, or other provision or portion of this Ordinance shall be adjudged invalid or unconstitutional, the same shall not affect the validity of this Ordinance as a whole, or any part or provision, other than the part so decided be invalid or unconstitutional, and the remaining provisions of this Ordinance shall be construed as if such invalid, unenforceable, or unconstitutional provision or provisions had never been contained herein.
PASSED AND APPROVED this day of September 2022.
Bruce Ledford, Mayor
ATTEST: Delia Foster, City Clerk
City of Elkins Sewer Rate Recommendations
- Maintain rates sufficient to meet a 1.05 operating ration and 1.15 debt coverage ratio.
- Budget and fund a minimum of 5% of gross revenues for depreciation reserves as required by Arkansas Act 605.
- Sewer rates to increase 8.4% per year to meet 1.05 Operating Ratio.
- Sewer rates will include an additional $1.00/meter technology upgrade and sustainability fee.
Exhibit B: Resolution 2022-08
Exhibit C: Posting