The Neosho City Council is considering an increase for water and sewer rates in Neosho.

The Neosho City Council is considering an increase for water and sewer rates in Neosho.  
Finance director Daphne Pevahouse made the announcement during Tuesday night's regular meeting.  
"We are looking at rate increases for both water and sewer so that we can continue to provide quality services,” she said.
Pevahouse cited rising expenses as a factor as well as a large number of customers who have left the city with large delinquent balances as well as costs to maintain the current systems.  
Mayor Ben Baker said, "We cannot operate at a loss. When you get to that point,  you have to do something, which usually means increasing cost."
Anticipating public response, Councilman Richard Davidson said, "We have costs to cover and maintain. All we're doing is passing those costs on. We're not trying to make a buck on it."  
Pevahouse indicated that the increase is to help the city break even and go beyond, to have some reserves for maintenance and potential repairs.
A public hearing on the proposed rate increases will be held on July 18. The time will be announced  Further discussion about the increase will also be discussed at the Neosho City Council meeting, also on July 18, at 7 p.m. in City Council chambers at City Hall.
"If we're not proactive on this (increase), it will affect the quality of the services we provide," Baker said. "We must do it in the most reasonable way possible."