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Board passes budget with rate increases

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Board members from Lantana’s two Fresh Water Supply Districts approved the 2010-2011 budgets at their September meetings with no property tax increase, but voted to raise water, wastewater and trash rates.

Water rates increased from $2.75 to $2.90 per 1,000 gallons, while the base rate went from $20 to $21.

Wastewater rates moved from $3.00 to $3.10 per 1,000 gallons and the base rate increased by .50 cents to $23.

“Our projected increase in income does not quite cover the increase in the costs from Upper Trinity Regional Water District,” said District Controller Richard Harned, referring to the entity that supplies water and wastewater treatment to Lantana.

“The difference between the revenue and the expenses covers our additional maintenance costs, utilities, and personnel that work exclusively in the water and sewer departments.”

Trash service will cost an extra dollar a month, primarily due to larger recycling bins from Waste Management that were approved by both boards in September.

The rate changes went into effect on Oct. 1st.

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