In the Carmi City Council meeting story published on Wednesday, November 20th, we reported that
“The Council also approved an EPA recommendation to raise water rates by $0.50 per 1000 gallons to bring the City into compliance as the City is attempting to receive a grant for work on Marguerite Street.”
That information was incorrect. According to City Economic Development Administrator Sandra Irvine in an email on Thursday, November 30th:
“ The City of Carmi did not raise water rates – the only thing that was changed was that the City raised sewer rate charges for 2,000 – 5,000 gallons from $5.25 per 1,000 gallons to $5.82 per 1,000 gallons.
The first 1,000 gallons for sewer charges remains the same at $7.35.
The City is applying for a state grant to upgrade sewer lines on Marguerite Street. The city’s sewer charges were less than state guidelines and had to be increased in order to be eligible for this grant or any future grants or funding from the state.”
We hope this clarifies any confusion on the matter.