No recommendation by consultant on water bills
According the financial summary included in the 2009-10 McCook city budget, the proposed water budget is based on a 3 percent increase as determined by past rate analysis by the city's consultant, Public Financial Management. Public Financial Management will analyze the data to determine if the past proposal is adequate.
City Manager Kurt Fritsch said the consultants have not recommended any increases so far and that the consultants have not yet seen the data for this year. There have been no increases in the past three years and increases are based on current revenues and expenditures.
In another correction, the water payment the city will make this year will be $554,250.49. The number used in Wednesday's story was listed in the 2009-10 budget for water quality solution.
There will not be a total 8 percent increase for the water and sewer rates, as reported in Wednesday's story. Rather, the city is looking at a three percent increase in water rates and a separate five percent rate increase for sewer rates.