Rural Marshall County residents will be paying more for water service starting next month.
The county's Board of Public Utilities on Tuesday unanimously agreed on a water rate increase -- the first rate hike since October 1992.
Approximately 80 percent of the utility's customers use 6,000 gallons or less per month, so they will probably pay up to $4.55 more.
The utility's rate hike is a result of: a rate hike by Lewisburg's Water and Wastewater Department, the county's supplier; and higher prices for maintenance and repair materials, electricity and fuel.
Henry Horton State Park is the MCBPU's biggest customer. Two meters to the park, and associated bills, show the state paid the utility $37,621.52 during a 12-month period.
Marshall County Commissioner Rocky Bowden is chairman of the MCBPU. Members of the utility board are W.R. Blalock, County Commissioner Michael Waggoner, Commissioner Nathan Johnson and Commissioner Mickey King.
The board issued a statement on Wednesday. The utility's office manager, Gayle Shaneyfelt, said it had to be published verbatim.