Ruthven, IA (KICD)–Water and sewer infrastructure issues have forced the hand of Ruthven city officials.
Mayor David Kirk tells KICD News that a town hall meeting was held Wednesday evening to unveil recent studies conducted by the I & S group.
Kirk says it was a priority to not raise water and sewer rates immediately following a significant increase just two years ago. In order to stave off the increase, roughly $300,000 in budget cuts will be spread out over the next twenty years.
The remainder of city staff volunteered to take a one year pay freeze and Kirk will give back his Mayor’s salary from now to the end of the year. Additional sewer infrastructure and water line work must be done in the future, and Kirk is proposing some future rate increases.
A series of public meeting to discuss the work and rate increases will be held in the coming weeks and months.