The Timpson City Council took a step forward at Tuesday night’s meeting to help make the city’s water department more solvent, approving a rate increase to the monthly minimum for residential and commercial customers.
Mayor Debra Smith said the water department had become financially dependant on other city resources, and she felt an increase was needed. She said even with the increase of $5 ($15) more a month for residential and $7.50 ($22.50) for commercial accounts, Timpson’s water rate remains well below that of other comparable Texas cities.
Mayor Smith said she had to cast the tie-breaking vote, as the item passed 3-2, with council members Janelle Baker and George Grace voting against the increase.
As for the city’s 2014-2015 Budget, she said no reduction in workforce is foreseen.
In regards to the federal lawsuit filed by Councilman Grace against the mayor claiming voter discrepancies, she said she had received confirmation by the court her response had been filed.
Mayor Smith said several citizens had signed up to speak at the meeting in regards to the suit, many directing questions to Grace as to why he had filed the suit, which he chose not to answer. Grace is seeking $1,800 from Ms. Smith, which he says is to re-coup campaign expenses in the May election.