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There will be no hike in the water and sewer rates for customers of Hallsdale-Powell Utility District, following the approval of the FY 2015 budget by the Board of Commissioners at their monthly meeting on March 13, 2014. This is the second year a “no increase” budget had been presented to the board and approved.
“We know these are hard times for a lot of people”, said HPUD Board Chairman Kevin Julian. “We are pleased that we have found a way to keep rates stable.”
General Manager, Darren Cardwell told the board that several factors have made this possible, including efforts by management and employees to reduce costs without compromising reliability or safety, the refinancing of bonds at lower rates (this saved the utility customers 10 million dollars over the life of the loans), as well as strategic planning that enables HPUD to obtain favorable financing for future capital improvements.
“We still face challenges and have more work to do”, said Cardwell. “But we are in far better shape today than we were just eight to ten years ago.”
On February 20, 2014, HPUD held a public meeting to discuss a proposed project to add sewer overflow storage tanks to the HPUD system as one of the cost-effective ways to reduce Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs). Since August 2004, HPUD has been under a Commissioner’s Order issued by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), which requires the elimination of SSOs.
The initial phase of the project includes plans to construct a storage tank located on the property owned by HPUD on Dry Gap Pike. Funding for the project will consist of borrowing $8.1 Million from the State’s Revolving Fund (SRF) Program, to be financed over 20 years at a 1.74% interest rate, including $200,000 in principal forgiveness.
There will be no immediate impact to customers as HPUD‘s Board of Commissioners recently approved a FY 2015 budget with no increase in the water and sewer rates. Future impact is for this project is expected to be about 2%, which would be an increase of approximately $1.46 on the average customer’s utility bill.
For more information about this project, you can view the presentation from that meeting, by either clicking on the presentation above, or click here.