The May 16 meeting was led by Commissioner Tommy Robinson in the absence of committee Chairman Larry Childs.
The first business on the agenda was an automatic increase in rates for county water customers. Water superintendent Freddie Wiggins said the increases are needed.
County Administrator Mike Underwood asked if automatic annual increases were not already in the water policy. Wiggins said no, that the current policy is to bring recommended increases to the board each year.
He said there has not been a rate increase since 2010. The full board approved the increases May 21.
Wiggins said a water audit shows the system lost $205,000 for the year, which equates to $17,000 each month. The loss was in water produced but not billed. He said the audit was conducted by the RG3 Meter Company, and 25 random water meters were tested.
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