By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian
Town officials in Farmington say they have no choice but to raise water and sewer rates.
During Tuesday’s meeting, council accepted an ordinance that called for raising residents’ rates by more than 30 percent.
Mayor Donna Costello said the ordinance is necessary because the Town of Monongah is raising its water rates and Farmington is a resale customer of that town.
“In order for us to keep our heads above water, this is going to have to be passed,” she said of the ordinance.
Council members said they didn’t want to approve the ordinance, but knew it was necessary.
“As much as I don’t want to, we don’t have an option,” Councilwoman Valerie Sanders said.
Costello said council tried everything it could to not increase rates.
“It’s not like we have a ton of money laying in our water fund account,” she said. “We have enough to keep us above water, and as it’s been explained to me, if we have a main line break it will wipe it out.”
Costello said Farmington residents and the town’s resale customers will see a 33.2 percent increase.