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Lyndon faces rate increase
to sustain water service

Wayne White | Managing Editor

LYNDON—It’s inevitable, water rates must go up in Lyndon, according to calculations presented by city staff last week.

Introduced by Lyndon City Administrator Kim Newman at the April 18 city council meeting, the council considered a water rate analysis developed by city clerk Barb Schattak and assistant clerk Julie Stutzman that indicated the city has been losing revenue from its water supply service. Newman described the results of the analysis as “shocking.”

The report showed that at current rates, the city’s water fund would be operating in deficit within five years, and the city would exhaust its cash reserves, now totaling $160,000 in certificates of deposit, within 10 years.

“If we don’t change our rates, we’re going to go significantly in the hole by the time we get to 2014,” Schattak said.

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