BY CYNTHIA YAHNA
ELIDA — Mayor Kim Hardy brought a discussion on a village water rate increase to the floor at the village council meeting Tuesday.
“Last year, Janet Bonifas, the village fiscal officer, reported the water rates may get higher. For whatever reason, the city of Lima Public Utilities has been notorious for not letting us know of water rates. As of January 1, 2014, there is a 20-percent increase and that is something we cannot absorb,” Hardy said. “I spoke with the utilities department and the reason for the increase is due to charcoal filtration, the cost to run it, filters and the cost of the new reservoir. The cost to run the filters is approximately $10,000 per month and a total of $800,000 for the year. We will be discussing this further in another meeting.”