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Austin City Council ends water deposits

Poor wording in an ordinance approved last month left Austin aldermen to fix the action during the council meeting Monday. Also, the council moved to change water rates and end deposits for water service.

Mayor Bernie Chamberlain and aldermen Anthony Fibel, Laurel Carnes, Phillip Whiting, Tammy Williams and Randy Ryan attended the meeting.

Council members changed the standing ordinance to end taking deposits for water service connections, replacing them with a non-refundable connection fee.

Chamberlain said this would end having to return deposits.

The $125 fee is the same for all water service, has to be paid before water service is connected, and is not transferable.

The council members also approved amending water rates.

Minimum fee for residential and commercial customers is $17.75 and covers the first 1,000 gallons.

The incremental charge per 1,000 gallons from 2,000 to 4,000 gallons is $6.75.

The charge per 1,000 gallons, above 4,000 gallons, is $5.50.

For non-resident customers, the minimum fee is $22.50 up to 1,000 gallons.

For each 1,000 gallons above 1,000 but less than 4,000, the charge is $6.75.

For each 1,000 gallons above 4,000, the charge is $5.50.

The council also approved appropriating about $5,000 to repair two pumps in the wastewater system.

Responding to a query, Chamberlain said that city law allows fireworks inside city limits only on July 3, until 10 p.m., and July 4 until 11 p.m.

While the ordinance allows fireworks on those days, and also Dec. 31, the sale of fireworks inside city limits remains prohibited.

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