City moves to increase water revenues

Water tank near Fox Run Farms on edge of the Loveland Commerce Park along Union Cemetery Road. File photo by Joe Wessels/Loveland Local News. All rights reserved.

BY JOE WESSELS
Loveland Local News

LOVELAND, Ohio — In an effort to stabilize the city’s struggling water funds, officials outlined a proposed re-calculation in water rates designed to plug leaks in a looming budget shortfall.

The proposed increase would reduce the monthly minimum usage from 4,000 gallons per household to 2,240 gallons. Currently, the rate is $14.18 for the first 4,000 gallons of water if a consumer is a city resident; and $16.87 for non-resident customers. Brandywine subdivision residents, through a special arrangement with the city, pay $17.02.

The change would reduce the flat-fee for the first 4,000 gallons to 2,240 gallons for city residents, a 44 percent reduction. The per-gallon charge would be 3.6 cents for the next 1,000 gallons and 3.9 cents for all water used over 3,240 gallons. The per-gallon charge is unchanged from current rates, according to a city presentation to Council at their September 22 meeting. 

City Manager David Kennedy made the proposal at the September 22 City Council meeting. To view the presentation as a PDF, see the link below.

EDITOR’S NOTE: After viewing the presentation, the city manager welcomes your questions. Kennedy can be reached by calling (513) 707-1454, or via email at [email protected]

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