Newborn water rates going up

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

NEWBORN -- The town of Newborn is increasing water rates due to rising costs of wholesale water purchases from Newton County.

The new rates, effective July 1, are as follows: $11.43 for the first 1,000 gallons, up from $11.18, and $3.83 for usage more than 1,000 gallons, up from $3.58

The cities of Covington, Oxford and Porterdale and the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority have all raised water rates in recent months following the county's announcement of the increase. The city of Covington, however, postponed an increase until Oct. 1 to give customers some relief from increased costs during the hot summer months.

In other news, Newborn Councilman John Donaldson resigned his post earlier this month, as he is leaving town to accept a job as chaplain at Emory University. Donaldson was previously the pastor at Newborn United Methodist Church.

Donaldson was elected to a two-year term in 2009. His term expires at the end of 2011. The council will appoint a replacement for the remainder of the year. Donaldson's post will be on the Nov. 8 ballot.

"We hate to lose him. He was very much into beautifying the town and, of course, our efforts will continue in his absence," said Councilwoman Martha Ellwanger.

Finally, the council is waiting to get more information about the tax digest before proposing a budget for fiscal year 2012. Ellwanger said she expects it will take about a week to formulate a budget.