Hogansville City Council on Monday voted to approve a resolution that will increase the base rates of water and sewer charges.
The council voted in June to include the $3 increase to both water and sewer in the 2014-2015 fiscal year budget, which began in July.
The increase in the monthly base charge for water is to accommodate the increasing cost of wholesale water, according to City Manager James Woods. The same increase for the base charges for sewer will start a three-year phased in increase to cover expenses for a new sewer plant.
City Manager James Woods said the increase will go into affect in next month’s billing cycle.
In other business at the night council meeting, the group voted to approve a grant writing service contract with Allen-Smith Consulting that would allow the company to prepare a FY2015 Community Development Block Grant application for the city.
The company specializes in CDBG application preparation and administration, according to the agreement. The city will pay out $8,000 for the service.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD) runs the program, which provides annual grants on a formula basis to local governments for community development needs.
Last year the city received $500,000 from the grant to fund sewer improvements that included replacements and re-lining. Some of the grant will go towards funding the new sewage plant.
Woods said the city has used the company for years and said that they have been successful at securing the grant every year.