Water Rates, Business Fees On Sv Council Agenda

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From waiving business license fees to enacting new water rates, the Star Valley Town Council will discuss a range of issues at a Tuesday meeting.

Councilor George Binney has requested the town do away with a $50 business license fee.

The fee brings in on average $5,400 a year for the town.

While Binney would like to see the cost eliminated, it is likely new, higher water rates will happen. The council is holding a second public hearing on proposed water rates for the Star Valley Water Company, which the town is in the process of buying from Brooke Utilities. Brooke has not increased water rates for some 360 customers in 10 years.

Town Manager and Attorney Tim Grier said it would be impossible for the town to keep the existing rates.

With new taxes, state fees and plans to upgrade the system, residents will have to pay more, however, exact water rates are not known.

The town will lay out estimates at Tuesday’s 6:30 p.m. meeting at the Lamplighter RV Park Recreation Room, 933 E. Highway 260.

Hiring a water manager and adjusting to a new law that allows the Department of Water Resources to assess and collect an annual fee from all municipalities will raise rates, he said.

Also on the agenda, the council will likely appoint a new member to the educational board working to bring a four-year university to Payson.

Last week, Suzanne Cummins, University of Arizona professor, resigned after board chair Mike Vogel reportedly asked her to.

James Scott Scheidt, who serves on Payson’s Planning and Zoning Commission, will likely take Cummins’ seat.

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