Evansville considers charging village departments for water

Evansville trustees are still continuing to look for ways to save the village money. And some of those ideas were discussed at their meeting on May 8.

Trustee Pam Brueggemann had talked with the village employees who had suggested that perhaps the village should start charging the minimum amount for water usage by the village departments. This would include the fire department, city hall, the parks, maintenance buildings and more.

By her estimate, this could bring into the water/sewer account around $2,600 per year.

To me it looks like robbing Peter to pay Paul,” commented Trustee Nancy Schilling. Several of the other trustees agreed with her.

Trustee Joe Krack added that when they put in the new water meters, the amount of errors were reduced and, while still in the negative, their figures are slowly and steadily improving.

Schilling went on to point out that their main problem on why the water/sewer fund was in the negative was because they hadn’t raised the rates at all between 2005 and 2014. If they had kept up with increases, they wouldn’t need to make a large jump in cost now or make changes like this.

For now, the board opted to table the idea.

For more from this meeting, please see this week’s print edition.