GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - By Jessica Bowman – email
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - People living in Gulfport's Ward 6 will soon see their water bill drop. This comes after the Gulfport City Council voted unanimously to reduce their bill since residents only use trash and sewer services. The council felt it was necessary to lower the bills.
Residents in Gulfport's Ward 6 wanted a rate on their sewer and water bill that was affordable. People were paying more than $50 per month for trash pick up twice a week and the removal and treatment of sewer.
Marty Miller said, "We felt that was a bit steep since we are on well water out here still."
Marty Miller lives on River Road. He said people outside of Ward 6 are paying the same amount and sometimes less for their bill, but why? They are receiving city water. So, Miller said Ward 6 residents shouldn't have to pay the same amount if they aren't receiving the same services.
"The rate reduction I believe is about $14. It will drop our bill into the I think $37 range from $52. It may not be a lot, but when everybody else has got their hand in the till it is," said Miller.
Ward 6 Councilman R. Lee Flowers pushed to have resident's bill decreased. He said residents were being charged for 6,000 gallons of water usage per month that they weren't using.
"They're paying for their own water that they pump from their well, that they pay the power bill on," said R. Lee Flowers.
As for the city, Flowers said it did not have the ability to use a meter and record exactly how much water was being used, so it had to rely on prior statistics.
Flowers said, "Now this calculation of 4,000 gallons of usage per month is more accurate based on the statistics that you can derive by looking at the accounts."
Miller said, "I think this is just tremendous for a lot of people in this area. We live by limited means and what not, and it will allow them to get back on track again."
Miller said this will save more than 300 residents hundreds of dollars. Flowers said the new rate went into effect immediately.