Quantcast

Missouri American Water Holds Public Meeting For Proposed Rate I - KOAM TV 7

Missouri American Water Holds Public Meeting For Proposed Rate Increase

Updated:

     It's something we mentioned last night.
     A rate increase has been proposed by Missouri American Water.
     A public hearing detailing things was held this evening in Joplin.
Ron West attended the public hearing to express his concerns.
Ron West, Joplin resident: "Well, being on a fixed income, every utility or everybody that raises their cost, comes off of somewhere."
Officials with Missouri American Water say the biggest reason for this increase is infrastructure.
Christie Barnhart, Missouri American Water: "If you take all of the water main that's in the Joplin system, it will stretch out to St. Louis and back."
Barnhart says what many people don't realize, is the increase isn't designed to pay for future work.
Barnhart: "This increase is mainly devoted to looking at  infrastructure investments that have already been made, because currently, we are only allowed to go in and recover expenses on investments after they're actually in service."
West agrees with those needs.
West: "Infrastructure always needs repair, I mean, things are put in and they're left until they're deteriorated, I believe in replacing things and keeping it up in order not to have breakdowns later on."
But he's concerned about the cost proposal.
West: "I understand everything increases...8% as I said, is pretty high."
Breaking that down, right now, the average customer using about 4,700 gallons pays $33.00 a month.
If the increase is passed as it's currently sitting, that average customer's bill, goes up to around $40.00.
It's an average increase of $6.00 to $12.00 a month depending on water usage.
Barnhart: "What we are proposing is a reduced, a reduction on the fixed rate, and an increase on the volumetric rate, this can be beneficial to customers that would like to have more control over what their water bill is, meaning that, it does give you incentive to conserve, because if you use less water, your water bill will therefore be reduced."
Barnhart says the increase still has to go through several other steps, and may not be at the full rate they're proposing.
     Barnhart tells us if the rates are approved, customers would see the increase around late April or May.

 

MORE TOP NEWS

Chris Warner
Reporter

A Joplin native, Chris first started in broadcasting at age 16 at KSNF-TV in 2004..

Chris joined the KOAM team in 2017 as an Associate Producer. In April, he moved into a full-time reporter position. He spent time from 2008 to 2016 in various retail roles around the region before returning to his passion at KOAM. Chris is excited to continue telling the stories of the four states. Chris and his wife Amber live in Joplin and have three amazing children.

Follow Chris:
On Facebook
On Twitter

Contact Chris:
417.624.0233 or 620.231.0400
cwarner@koamtv.com

  • Chris WarnerMore>>

  • Bobby Bourne Jr. Pleads Guilty To Murdering Adriaunna Horton

    Bobby Bourne Jr. Pleads Guilty To Murdering Adriaunna Horton

    Friday, July 13 2018 10:00 PM EDT2018-07-14 02:00:53 GMT

        The man accused of killing 12 year old Adriaunna Horton in August of 2013, pleaded guilty today - and will spend the rest of his life behind bars.     The crime rocked the community of Golden City - and left many, demanding justice.     Now, family members say...justice, has been served.

    More >>

        The man accused of killing 12 year old Adriaunna Horton in August of 2013, pleaded guilty today - and will spend the rest of his life behind bars.     The crime rocked the community of Golden City - and left many, demanding justice.     Now, family members say...justice, has been served.

    More >>
  • Missourians Could Vote on Medical Marijuana, Some Law Enforcement Concerned

    Missourians Could Vote on Medical Marijuana, Some Law Enforcement Concerned

    Friday, July 13 2018 12:43 PM EDT2018-07-13 16:43:09 GMT

        Come November 6th, voters in Missouri may be faced with the question of whether or not to legalize medical marijuana in the state.     One group is working to ensure things go smoothly if it's passed, but some local law enforcement officials, are concerned it'll bring more problems than it will solve.

    More >>

        Come November 6th, voters in Missouri may be faced with the question of whether or not to legalize medical marijuana in the state.     One group is working to ensure things go smoothly if it's passed, but some local law enforcement officials, are concerned it'll bring more problems than it will solve.

    More >>
  • New Proposed Steel Tariffs Could Hurt Local Manufacturers, But Lawmakers Say They Will Help In The Long Run

    New Proposed Steel Tariffs Could Hurt Local Manufacturers, But Lawmakers Say They Will Help In The Long Run

    Thursday, July 12 2018 10:55 AM EDT2018-07-12 14:55:33 GMT

        The so called "trade war" between the U.S. and China, could be escalating, after the Trump administration announced an additional $200 billion dollars in proposed tariffs.     That increase, could have a bigger impact on one local company already feeling the pressure.     But one local lawmaker, says these tariffs, do have a purpose, and we could see the results sooner than later.

    More >>

        The so called "trade war" between the U.S. and China, could be escalating, after the Trump administration announced an additional $200 billion dollars in proposed tariffs.     That increase, could have a bigger impact on one local company already feeling the pressure.     But one local lawmaker, says these tariffs, do have a purpose, and we could see the results sooner than later.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by Frankly, Inc. All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.