Possible water rate increase in Gold Hill

Another broken water pipe has prompted a boil water alert in Gold Hill.

The latest of numerous boil advisories in the last month.

Meanwhile, Gold Hill residents could be paying more for their water rates.

Gold Hill City Council passed a motion Monday night to do a study that will release how much the city’s water rate should increase.

Gold Hill Mayor Jan Fish says the water and sewer rate increases would be a way of paying off the loans used to fix all of the city’s water issues.

However, the rate cannot be increased until a study is done.

Fish says the rate study would start in January, with results coming back in February.

The potential increase has many Gold Hill residents concerned, but Mayor Jan Fish says it’s necessary.

“It’s already high now and all it’s going to do is get higher. I’m just trying to figure out how high,” Gold Hill resident Cliff Mead said.

“Nobody wants to see a rate increase but we have to pay for improving the situation,” Mayor Jan Fish said.

The mayor believes any possible rate increases wouldn’t start until the next fiscal year- in July.

In the meantime, the current 72-hour boil notice is for residents living near Ambrose lane and Highway 234.

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