After a very lengthy discussion about water rates in the Capital City, the Carson City Board of Supervisors meticulously navigated a myriad of variables on how much to charge for water and sewer services starting in late summer.
The issue was how to finance the city’s future water supplies and sewer rates and how much annual rate increases would reasonable in the eyes of Carson City ratepayers as the city tries to bring more water and sewer capacity to Carson City customers. When all was said and done it was proposed that sewer rates will have to rise 3.5% annually for five years and water rates rising 3% a year for five years. There would be a low income household subsidy from a city fund to help those who need the most financial help paying the higher rates.
The proposals were turned back over to city staff to cross T’s and dot I’s and come back to the Board of Supervisors and present a final plan. Also included is stepped up funding, through bonding, the expansion of the Quill water treatment plant and storage capacity west of town. Supervisors decided that the current low bond interest rates would be frosting on the cake. The whole issue is coming back for final review and approval at an upcoming Supervisors meeting.
The Supervisors also helped Carson City’s two medical and recreational marijuana sales stores. In order to out-compete similar stores in Reno the Supervisors allowed both outlets to have longer hours of operation so Carson City customers aren’t so tempted to drive to Reno to buy the products. Hours of operation will be 8am to 11pm.
And the Supervisors decided that Halloween in Carson City will be on October 30th in order to stay out of the way of Nevada Day festivities on October 31st.
And finally, Carson City’s annual commemoration and celebration of Vietnam War veterans event will be held March 29th at Mills Park. The Vietnam Veterans “Welcome Home” Ceremony begins at 5pm.