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City water rates likely to rise, but by how much?

City Commission considers repayment options for infrastructure project


January 14, 2019

Ashley Schuster

Repayment of the $4.8 million loan approved by USDA-Rural Development for the City of New Rockford's water infrastructure project was discussed at the Jan. 7 commission meeting. The general consensus of the commission was to avoid special assessments for the project. Instead, commissioners reviewed calculations from Ritzke for increasing monthly water utility rates and/or using sales tax revenue. Ritzke said an additional $34.11 per month per user would be needed to repay the entire debt by increasing user fees alone.

Another scenario involves taking $15,000 per year from local sales tax g...

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