ESTO – Residents of Esto could see a rate increase on their water bill as soon as September.
Bob Mearns of Florida Rural Water Association gave a presentation of a rate study during the July 18 meeting, showing the town’s current water rate is costing the town more money to supply than it is recouping in bill payments.
The proposed base rate increase is $2.82 to $21.82, up from the current $19 for usage up to 3,000 gallons a month. Anything over the 3,000 will be charged an extra $5.13 for each 1,000 gallons within the city limits. Customers outside city limits will be the same plus an addition 11 percent charge.
The council will hold two public hearings on the possible rate increase ordinance during both August meetings with the final vote coming during the last August regular session.
The council is also eyeing a possible resolution to rename a portion of John Clark Park to E.W. Carswell Memorial Park. Carswell, author of the book “This is the Place”, was a citizen of Esto and in his tome captured the historical recollection of the town and her citizens. The council believes that had Carswell not captured the legend of “Two Toed Tom” in the book the legend may have disappeared completely.
The council is expected to vote on the resolution in the August 1 meeting.
Esto Town Council will meet again in regular session at 7 p.m. on August 1.