Utility customers and bar patrons in Wessington Springs will soon be paying a bit more for water, electric, malt beverages and liquor.
On December 27, 2018, the City of Wessington Springs Council held the 2nd readings of: ordinance #803 “An ordinance to amend the electric and water rates for the City of Wessington Springs;” and ordinance #804 “An ordinance amending Title 9, Chapter 8 – Liquor Section 1.D of the revised ordinances of the City of Wessington Springs (1981), as amended by ordinances #633, #635, and #737.”
The council unanimously voted to increase electric and water meter facility charges by $6 each. For residential customers, electric meter facility charges were increased from $9 to $15 monthly. As for commercial customers, charges increased from $11.50 to $17.50 monthly, with large-demand users increasing from $23 to $29 monthly.
On the water side of rates, residential customers will see a water meter facility charge increase from $15.25 to $21.25. Commercial charges will increase from $17.30 to $23.30 monthly.
After lengthy discussion over the last several months about rate increases, the council decided to make a flat rate raise on the meter charges in lieu of making a kilowatt increase, which can be harder to predict and vary greatly from household to household. Council discussion pointed to City of Wessington Springs rates averaging in the middle with area towns.
As for bar patrons, the council voted to raise the charge for on-sale liquor operating agreements by two percent. After 12 years without an increase to liquor operating agreements, the council decided to make the increase to on-sale operating agreements only. Rates for liquor will increase to 12 percent, while malt rates will increase to eight percent.
The increases will go into effect on January 29, 2019, 20 days after the ordinances were published in this January 9, 2019 newspaper.