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Some 60 residences and businesses outside the city that receive Kenton city water service will be seeing a big jump in their bills.
Kenton Safety Service Director Jim Hites said the bills of these customers will double based on new rates enacted by the city at the start of this month.
The increase will not impact people receiving both city water and sewage services, he said.
Although acknowledging the rates for customers outside the city is already double the in-city rate, Hites said the people receiving only city water service have not felt previous utility increases. He said the water rate has not increased since 2001.
“These people are not paying their fair share in comparison to the combined water and sewer rate,” Hites said.
He said the new water rates are still below what is charged by neighboring cities.
The impacted residents were notified of the increase on their most recent water bill. Because the billing is two months behind, Hites said their bills won’t reflect the increase until October.
So far he has heard from just one property owner about the increase.
By TIM THOMAS