Water rate increase expected in Esto

Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 at 12:39 PM.

ESTO — The Town of Esto discussed the upcoming Water Rate Ordinance during their monthly meeting held on Tuesday, March 5, which would increase the water rates for those using water provided by the Town of Esto.

Esto Town Attorney Jeff Goodman suggested a few adjustments to the ordinance and reviewed the procedure for introducing a new ordinance.

One adjustment was that the town put out a notice requesting compliance in 90 days.

“It doesn’t have to be 90 days,” said Goodman. “I just find this is the standard amount of days used for most municipalities I’ve worked with.”

Goodman explained that in order to adopt a new ordinance, the best procedure to follow was to put a notice in the paper before the next meeting, hold a public hearing and first reading, notice it again for the next meeting and hold another public hearing followed by a second reading and approval of adoption.

“This is provided so that the public has plenty of opportunity to give their input in the matter,” said Goodman. “This also gives you the chance to hear the public and give them two chances to speak their piece.”

The council members agreed to put in a public notice to have the first ordinance read and public hearing at their next scheduled meeting in April and the second and final reading and public hearing at the meeting scheduled in May.

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