Winona behind on their bills, affecting residents
POSTED: Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 7:13pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 10:16am
(KETK) - Tyler, Tx — The city of Winona did not pay their gas bill for six months and now it is the residents who are getting the backlash from the city's financial wrong doings.
Winona is home to fewer than 600 people and the people who live there are on the hook for the financial mishaps of their city. Because Winona did not pay their gas bills to Eagle Rock Energies, they are now more than 150,000 dollars behind.
The city announced in a council meeting Tuesday they plan to increase the gas, sewer and water rates. Altogether, this is expected to generate an extra 130,000 thousand dollars a year. Residents will see the highest increase in their gas bill, which will increase by about five dollars. The base water and base sewer rates will each go up by about two dollars.
Denise Shetter is the superintendent for Winona Independent School District, she told KETK this is going to have a huge impact on their district.
"It impacts us not only because we get our water and sewer from the city so our rate and our budget are going to be impacted," Shetter said. "But also the relationship we have with the student resource officer."
In order to pay the entire balance they owe, the city may have to cut jobs and freeze hiring. One job on the chopping block is the Winona ISD School Resource Officer whom is shared between the city and the school district.
"I have a vested interest in our partnership because of the safety of our students," Shetter said.
Winona Mayor Rusty Smith was not able to be reached by news time.
The rate increase is expected to take place this May.
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