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City of Joaquin may be facing water useage fee increase

The City of Joaquin received an update from its auditing firm Monday night and there's a possibility the city may be looking at a water useage fee increase.


City Secretary Amada Willey tells Center Broadcasting Joaquin is like many municipalities its size struggling to provide continued quality service, but costs are consuming profit.


She said Eric Carver with Axley & Rode told the council the city needs to find a way for the water system to be more self-sufficient. Increasing rates is one of the options the council discussed. Ms. Willey said with oil & gas revenues slacking it's having an effect on a lot of towns.


Joaquin City Council also gave approval to the Texas Municipal League re-rate for health insurance coverage. TML advised that 98 percent of those insured in the same pool as Joaquin were seeing an increase in premiums.


Ms. Willey says applications are being taken for an assistant clerk's position, as the present clerk is leaving her job.


No action was taken on a gas supply agreement.


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