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Pearsall councilors learned in an update on a utility rate study this week that the city has been billed for more than 300 non-existent garbage accounts.
The news came Monday evening during a presentation by Jeff Snowden of Capax Consulting after a conducting a utility rate study for which he was contracted by the city earlier this year.
Snowden told councilors that an account study revealed solid-waste collector Republic Services is billing the city for 320 more accounts than presently exist among Pearsall customers.
The city administration conducted a week-long study and found that for the month of July there were 350 more accounts billed by Republic than exist in Pearsall.
“You have a much better expense control with solid waste,” the consultant said.
The garbage services revenue increased by 6.3 percent from 2013 to 2020. The fund allocates 16 percent of its revenue to debt services. Snowden has proposed increasing that allocation to 25 percent.
“This is partly because a quote is eighty thousand for that brush pile that will turn into ash,” Snowden said.
The consultant is proposing rate increases in water, wastewater and solid waste so that the city may address capital improvement projects, pay debt services and remain competitive among its peers.
“The expenditures on the water side have grown faster than the revenue,” Snowden said. “I would recommend you limit your expenditures growth to no more than three percent.”
Councilors have asked for a workshop next week to discuss the utility rate study in greater depth.v