Water, Sewer Rate Increases Pass on First Reading

As reported in last week’s Norris Bulletin, City Council voted on first reading at their June 13th meeting to approve a City budget that includes water and sewer rate increases. Under the proposed budget, sewer rates will go up by 25%, while water rates will go up by 10%.

This topic received much discussion during the City Council meeting between Council and the Norris Water Commission (NWC). The Water Commission’s initial proposal called for a 15% increase in sewer rates and a 10% increase in water rates, aimed at funding labor costs and forthcoming upgrades to the wastewater treatment and water systems.

Mayor Chris Mitchell, expressing the significance of costs associated with these upgrades– which are estimated in the millions–stated that he did not feel the proposed 15% sewer increase was ample to provide sufficient revenue needed to start funding such repairs. He proposed an increase of $4 to the sewer rate, in addition to NWC’s requested 15% hike, to build up the project fund in addition to covering increased labor costs.

City Council will hold a public hearing for the proposed budget amendments on Friday, June 24th, at 6:00 p.m. A special called meeting of City Council, to include the second reading of the proposed budget,
will take place on Monday, June 27th, at 7:00 p.m. Both meetings will be held at the Community Building, and the public is invited.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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