Could Manchester's water system be taken over by the state? Are you prepared for a January 1, 2016 water bill increase? Two very important votes on Monday's Manchester City Council agenda

Manchester, KY - The Manchester City Council will hold it's regular November meeting at 6:00 P.M. Monday evening November 16, 2015 at City Hall in downtown Manchester.

On the agenda is the second reading and final votes on two ordinances, one of which could reportedly raise the base rate for "out of city" water customers by as much $3.00 monthly, the other would annex Clay County's VFW Post 7606 and the Clay County Community Center “Crawdad” building, bringing both into the city limits of Manchester.

Sources say that Hima-Sibert customers outside the city limits could go from $15.00 a month to over $16.00 and all customers, allegedly will see a two percent increase per year over the next ten years (we're unsure if this includes customers inside city limits since there's been no mention of a rate increase for customers inside Manchester city limits that ClayCoNews is aware of).

ClayCoNews is also told that Manchester has not had a rate increase in recent years and is in danger of having the city's water system taken over by the Commonwealth of Kentucky if this ordinance is not passed and that should the water ordinance pass it will be effective as of January 1, 2016.

The Annex Ordinance will be for the following two lots and buildings:

- Clay County Community Center “Crawdad” building,and lot.

- The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7606 building and lot.

These are both commercial properties and the owners have reportedly given written permission for the annexation, therefore, if so & the ordinance passes no waiting period will be required.

Apparently the final vote on both ordinances will be held tomorrow evening during the regular Manchester City Council meeting.



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