Despite misgivings – including some of their own – the Anton City Council approved a huge increase in water rates Monday night.
After hearing objections from several residents, the council unanimously agreed to raise minimum residential water rates from $15 to $59 a month.
The new rates will be reflected in June billings.
The councilís action followed months of discussion on the cityís wastewater facilities.
Mayor Blake Cate said the city had no choice but to raise its rates in order to obtain a $3 million loan. The loan from the Texas Water Development Board will be used to buy land and open a new wastewater treatment facility.
Several Anton residents urged the council to reconsider the rate hike.
Richard Burt said the city should look at obtaining grants to pay for the project.
‘We need to address every situation we and find out abotu government grants,’ Burt said. ‘Anton cannot pay $3 million.’
The mayor said there are no available grants large enough to pay for such a project.
‘If we can find a grant…I will keep looking,’ he said.