The Viola City Council voted March 25 to raise city water rates, effective June 1. The minimum monthly water rate will be raised from $13.50 to $15.
Water Commissioner Orville McFarland told the council the water department has lost $1,700 due to a decrease in the number of households with water (192 to 182).
The council decided the increase in rates was the only remedy for the loss of revenue.
McFarland told the council there were landlords turning on water meters without the city's authority. The council voted unanimously to give McFarland the authority to lock up meters when service has been terminated.
Viola Mayor Jackie Estes told the council he was asking the media to recognize the improvement it has made at Viola City Park. He said the public needs to be aware of the new pavilion, and it can be reserved.
The annual spring cleanup will be April 24. Residents can place items for pick-up beside the road except tires, paint cans, batteries and anything containing Freon.