Broussard implements 5% utility rate increase - KLFY News 10

Broussard implements 5% utility rate increase

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Broussard's Utility Department has an operating budget that's leaking dollars. The city council says Broussard hasn't had a utility rate increase for many years; and because of that it's running a deficit.

"When you look at the rates that Broussard has been charging residents; it's well below what cost is," adds Broussard Spokesperson Amy Jones.

The City of Broussard is no different than any other municipality. Carencro and Scott both approved an increase in water and sewerage rates. Youngsville is discussing it. The director of LUS says there are no plans for an increase on his end. 

Mayor Purvis Morrison of Scott explained his city's situation following his city's council meeting. "We're still going to be running a deficit, but it won't be as it was.  We had a $160,000 deficit last year in those accounts.  We're putting them very very small so the homeowners shouldn't feel it."

That's what Broussard has tried to do by not increasing utility rates for the past five years; but that apparently has taken a toll on the Utility Department's operating budget. The Broussard City Council last month was told of an income loss of about $1.5 million.

"The city has certainly stepped up in trying to subsidize it over the years, but all this is just an incremental increase to try and recoup the money that city has been putting out towards this," says Jones.

The proposed rate increase for Broussard is 5 percent. The increase is to go into effect immediately as of June 25. "It's a one time thing. It's not anything that we're looking at right now that would be over an extended year plan," adds Jones.

The Broussard City Council also accepted about a construction bid to alleviate flooding along Bonin and La Neuville RoadS.  We're told that the project could start as soon as next month.

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