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Kiowa's water rates to increase next 3–5 years to pay for improved system


November 11, 2020

Yvonne Miller

KIOWA CITY ADMINISTRATOR CANDIDATE OBSERVES AT COUNCIL MEETING – The Kiowa City Council is searching for a city administrator. At the November council meeting Monday night, candidate Sam Demel (left) observes, sitting in the administrator's chair. At the end of the meeting Demel met with the council in executive session with no action taken afterward. Mayor Bill Watson (right) confirmed that Demel is searching for the right home before he signs a contract. Demel currently resides in Newton and is an account manager at the Kansas Corporation Commission.

It's nothing new or unexpected that the City of Kiowa, Kansas, will increase their water rates in increments over time. It's necessary to make payments on the approximately $8 million waterline replacement project that is about to begin. At a special meeting Nov. 2 the subject was discussed.

Phil Fishburn, a certified planner, of Wichita attended the meeting to discuss water rates. Mayor Bill Watson said the city will have to increase water rates in a stair-step process (over three to five years) to make the first payment on the loan. The first payment is due when the project is finished....

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