In discussing a possible water rate increase, the Rolla Municipal Unilities (RMU) Board discussed in a meeting on Monday of curing the gap between revenues and expenses.

The board took no action on the possible rate increase, but a few variations of devising a plan to fix the deficit was discussed.


In discussing a possible water rate increase, the Rolla Municipal Unilities (RMU) Board discussed in a meeting on Monday of curing the gap between revenues and expenses.

The board took no action on the possible rate increase, but a few variations of devising a plan to fix the deficit was discussed.

RMU General Manager Dan Watkins stated that, as approximately 6,000 gallons of water is used by the average household in Rolla, he proposed rates might be increased by 60 cents for every 1,000 gallons of water.  Hence, the average customer rate would increase by $3.60 a month under this proposal.

 Another possible solution posed by board members involved a more long-term rate increase over the course of the next four years.  This option would charge customers an extra 20-to-25 cents a year, throughout a four-year period, for every 1,000 gallons.

 Board President James Stoffer said, “That move feels better, but we need more ideas.”

  A loss of industrial customers, a swing in wealth and the unusually wet July attributed to the deficit, agreed board members.

  In other business, the board signed a resolution that regulated and restricted the use of RMU vehicles for employees’ personal use.