Wrightsville Beach bi-monthly water bill could see a hike totaling $18.10.
During the sixth
budget workshop, the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen continued discussing
possible fee increases to help with water and sewer department shortfalls.
continued a discussion about water rates from the Monday, May 12 workshop to
the Tuesday, May 13 board meeting.
The rate increase
could generate an additional $326,000 to cover a $324,000 shortfall.
continue to operate in the red,” Mayor Pro Tem Darryl Mills said.
could be generated from fees with the remainder coming from usage.
accounts are in the top tier, which could see an increase from $1.01 to $1.52
“Nobody wants to
do this, our system over the years just needs a little help,” town manager Tim
Owens said there
is the potential for $15 million to $20 million in water and sewer projects in
the five years.
Wrightsville Beach Chamber of Commerce chairwoman and governmental liaison for
the parent company of the Holiday Inn Resort, stood in the audience and asked
Steve Dellies, assistant public works director, if he conducted case studies
showing impacts on businesses, like hotels, compared to residences. Dellies
said that would have been a difficult thing to do.
“Let’s roll this
out to see what the public thinks of it,” Mayor Bill Blair said. “… Put it on
the agenda for June.”
Blair added that
he wants to see other than maintenance what projects the money would go
The board had a
discussion Monday with Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Executive Director
Jim Flechtner and Board Chairman Jim Quinn about future town water needs and
possibilities, when Owens recommended paying a contractor to complete a
long-term needs study, estimated at $50,000, to look deeper into options and combinations
of options board members have seen during recent meetings.
The full story will be
printed Thursday, May 15.