Jonesboro Board of Aldermen to hold Special Called Meeting on Tuesday, March 29th

The Jonesboro Board of Aldermen will hold a Special Called Meeting on Tuesday, March 29th. The meeting will take place at 6:00pm in the meeting room of the Jonesboro City Hall where the Introduction of a Sewer Rate Ordinance (#2022-001) will be discussed. 

Ordinance #2022-001

AN ORDINANCE AMENDNG CHAPTER THIRTY-TWO, SECTION 104 AND PORTIONS OF SECTION 32-104 OF APPENDIX B OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE TOWN OF JONESBORO BY ADDING TO THE FIRST PARAGRAPH THEREOF LANGUAGE SETTING FORTH HOW SEWER RTES WITHIN THE TOWN OF JONESBORO ARE TO BE FIXED, MODIFYING THE SEWER RATES, PROVIDING FOR MATTERS RELATED THERETO AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE FOR THE AMENDMENT.

WHEREAS, the Town of Jonesboro has been experiencing significant problems with its sewer system which may, in the future, compel the adjustment of sewer rates within the Town of Jonesboro; and
WHEREAS the citizens of the Town of Jonesboro are entitled to know the factors which will be considered in the fixing of sewer rates within the Town of Jonesboro; and
WHEREAS it is necessary that the sewer rates for the Town of Jonesboro be raised.;
NOW, THEREFORE, be it ordained by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the Town of Jonesboro, Louisiana, in regular session, duly convened as the governing authority of the Town of Jonesboro, Louisiana as follows, to-wit:

SECTION 1

The first full paragraph of Chapter 32 Section 32-104 of the Code of Ordinances of the Town of Jonesboro is hereby amended to read as follows:
There is hereby fixed, established and levied on the occupant of every lot, dwelling, building or premises whatsoever connected with the water and sewage systems of the town, for obtaining water supplies and sewage services, and for the services rendered by the town in the collection and disposal of garbage, trash and other refuse, and the maintenance of the general cleanliness and sanitation of the town, monthly charges in amounts as established by the mayor and board of aldermen from time to time. Sewer rates shall be adjusted as necessary to ensure that enough funds are generated to operate, maintain, improve and service any debt of the sewer system of the town in such a manner as to provide for the collection, treatment, and disposal of sewage within the town in accordance with the laws, rules and regulations of the State of Louisiana and the government of the United States.
With sub-paragraphs (1) and (2) of said Section 32-104 remaining unchanged.

SECTION II

Portions of Section 104 of Appendix B of the Code of Ordinances of the Town of Jonesboro designated as 32-104 Sewer charges, private homes, monthly; sewer charges, business houses, stores, office buildings, apartment houses and other premises not classified as private homes or industrial user, monthly and sewer charges, industrial users, monthly and additional sewer use charge (not applicable to industrial users) be and the same are amended to read as follows:
32-104 Sewer charges, private homes, monthly (present to 12/31/2024)
Inside corporate limits: $12.00 plus $2.00/1000 gallons or portions thereof over 2000 gallons;
Outside corporate limits; $17.00 plus $2.25/1000 gallons or portions thereof over 2000 gallons.
31-104 Sewer charges, commercial users, monthly (present to 12/31/2024)
Inside corporate limits; $24.00 plus $2.25/1000 gallons or portions thereof over 2000 gallons.
Outside corporate limits: $26.00 plus $2.25/1000 gallons or portions thereof Over 2000 gallons
32-104 Sewer charges, industrial users, monthly (present to 12/31/2024) Inside or outside of corporate limits $1 ,000 plus $2.25/1000 gallons or portions thereof
32-104 Sewer charges, private homes, monthly (01/01/2025 to 12/31/2026) Inside corporate limits: $12.50 plus $2.10/1000 gallons or portions thereof over 2000 gallons; Outside corporate limits; $17.70 plus 2.35/1000 gallons or portions thereof Over 2000 gallons;
32-104 Sewer charges, commercial users, monthly (01/01/2025 to 12/31/2026)
Inside corporate limits $25.00 plus $2.35/1000 gallons or portions thereof 2000 gallons / Outside corporate limits; $27.00 plus $2.35/1000 gallons or portions thereof over 2000 gallons
32-104 Sewer charges, industrial users, monthly (01/01/2025 to 12/31/2026) Inside or outside of corporate limits $1040 plus $2.35/1000 gallons or portions thereof
32-104 Sewer charges, private homes, monthly (01/01/2027 – 12/31/2028) Inside corporate limits: $13.00 plus $2.20/1000 gallons or portions thereof over 2000 gallons / Outside corporate limits: $28.10 plus $2.25/1000 gallons or portions thereof over 2000 gallons
32-104 Sewer charges, commercial users, monthly (01/01/2027 — 12/31/2028)
Inside corporate limits: $26.00 plus $2.45/1000 gallons or portions thereof over 2000 gallons
Outside corporate limits: $28.10 plus $2.45/1000 gallons or portions thereof over 2000 gallons
32-104 Sewer charges, industrial users, monthly (01/01/2027 — 12/31/2028) Inside or outside of corporate limits $1080 plus $2.45/1000 gallons
32-104 Sewer charges, private homes, monthly (01/01/2029 — and after)
Inside corporate limits: $13.50 plus $3.10/1000 gallons or portions thereof over 2000 gallons
Outside corporate limits: $29.15 plus $2.55/1000 gallons or portions thereof over 2000 gallons;
32-104 Sewer charges, commercial users, monthly (01/01/2029 — and after) Inside corporate limits: $27.00 plus $2.55/1000 gallons or portions thereof over 2000 gallons
Outside corporate limits: $29.20 plus $2.55/1000 gallons or portions thereof over 2000 gallons
32-104 Sewer charges, industrial users, monthly (01/01/2029 — and after) Inside or outside of corporate limits $1125 plus $2.55/1000 gallons or portions thereof

SECTION III
Any provision of the Code of Ordinances of the Town of Jonesboro contrary to this ordinance, be and the same is hereby repealed.
SECTION IV
This ordinance shall become effective immediately upon adoption.
SECTION V
Should any item or provision, including any section, exception, part, phrase or term, or the application thereof be held invalid, the application to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby and the validity of this Ordinance in any and all other respects shall not be affected thereby. If any phrase, clause, word, or portion of this Ordinance is held to be invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity shall be limited to that portion of the Ordinance.

The above Ordinance will be introduced by Alderman at the special called meeting of the Board of Aldermen held on the 29th day of March, 2022, and copies of the same were provided to all members of the Board and the Mayor.

The title of the Ordinance will be published once in the official journal of the Town of Jonesboro, which notice will state that the Board of Aldermen would consider its adoption at the regular meeting of the Aldermen scheduled for the 12th day of April at 5:45 p.m., at which time a public hearing would be held on said ordinance.

At that meeting, following a public hearing, this proposed ordinance shall be read by title and called for final passage and may be adopted by an affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the Board of Aldermen.

Said ordinance shall then take effect as set forth in section IV.

 


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