By Emma Rausch
LAFONTAINE – LaFontaine water and sewer costs spiked in June and the residents there aren’t happy.
At the Town Council meeting on Monday, July 13, Council President Gary Henderson, councilmen Jon Gillespie and Jeremy Waite, Clerk Treasurer Cindy Erb and Town Attorney Al Plummer listened to more than a dozen complaints of bills jumping $20-$100 in a month.
The utility rate increases were applied to the July billing cycle at the council’s June 8 meeting. While the residents agreed that they did not mind the rate increase, the biggest problem was that the large amounts came all at once instead of a steady increase over several months and that it took so long to implement the rates.
“For me personally, I had to have a justification, a reason to (raise the rates),” Henderson said. “It was not an easy thing to do because we’ve been through three town clerks. It took … Cindy until January 2014, I believe, just to get the books balanced and know where we’re at.
“And that’s a tough thing because the guys went four years without any raises until we were able to do so this year.”