Council to consider freezing business water rates

By Erin McIntyre

Ridgway town councilors will consider temporarily freezing commercial water rates, in response to outrage from business owners who said their water bills are causing financial strain.
Councilors asked town staff to examine the impact of charging commercial water accounts $10.50 per 1,000 gallons of water for the summer season, after listening to complaints from roughly a dozen business owners last week.
The adjustment to the water rates was approved last fall and went into effect in January. Some business owners were shocked to see exactly how much their bills increased – and told councilors they’re facing exponential increases in their water bills for the summer.
Jeremiah Tilton, owner of the Full Tilt Saloon, told councilors it’s more than a small adjustment for the businesses that have analyzed their bills.
“We saw a 350 percent increase on our water (bills), year over year,” he said.

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