First, I’d like to thank my fellow contributors for carrying the site while I’ve been gone. I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life and have not been able to keep up. I’d like to offer some alternative places to get the news if I’m not here: The City of LaVergne on Facebook. The City of La Vergne’s webpage (both of these are updated regularly by our pal Kathy). Also, as far as TV news, I think Channel 4 news has the most information on La Vergne. And there’s always the DNJ and even the Murfreesboro Post.
So let’s talk about what’s going on in La Vergne. Yes, it does look like water rates are going up. THERE IS A MEETING TONIGHT. Here’s the info from the City’s website:
La Vergne residents may have to pay more for their water and sewer usage, effective June 1, 2011 if Ordinance 2011-06 passes. The ordinance would amend the rates so that water fees will increase 40 percent and sewer fees by 60 percent.
The increase is largely a pass-along from fees being paid to Nashville Metro for sewer use. Beginning in 2007, Nashville has incrementally increased rates to municipalities from $.47 to $1.27 p/100 cubic feet, but rather than charging residents for these higher rates, the city absorbed the increase.
“Since 2009, La Vergne will have paid more than $4 million from our reserve funds for water and sewage costs – over and above what we have collected,” said City Administrator Steve Mayer. “Because the city has not taken action until now, we have operated negative to our net assets, therefore a meeting and action plan have been requested by the State Comptroller’s Office in July. Our bottom line is La Vergne must now address the problem or allow the state to do it for us.”
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen will discuss the proposed rate increase at the workshop on Thursday, April 28, 2011, beginning at 5:00 p.m. and the measure will be voted on at the regular meeting Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. In addition, the budget for fiscal year 2011-12 will be discussed. A public hearing for these issues will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the day of the regular meeting.
The amount of the rate increase was recommended by an independent study done by the University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service. This is the second hearing for the measure and if it passes, it will take effect June 1, 2011.
The rate increase will also help pay for water and sewer improvements in La Vergne, including pipe replacement to ensure adequate water-flow for fire and other emergencies.
So, if you want to go, see the above, bolded information.
My thought on the matter is this: it’s got to be done. It should have been done years and years ago. We get prices raised on us every day without anyone consulting us, at least there are public meetings about this. It isn’t great, but that’s life. I just can’t bring myself to get really excited about this one way or the other.
What do you think, La Vergne?