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Palmer elderly to get reduced water rates

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Mark Varsel
The Ellis County Press
PALMER - By adopting a new city ordinance at its latest meeting, the city council of Palmer has put in place a measure to assist the city's elderly with their living expenses, by establishing a fixed fee for water, sewer and garbage services. Mayor Mike Greenlee said, 'By necessity, water bills are high in order to pay for the needed improvements to the city's water system.'
Greenlee further explained this was one of the things he wanted to accomplish during his term as mayor. 'It touches you, in a way,' he said, as he recounted his personal knowledge of elderly constituents having to decide between buying prescription medicine or paying their water bills. The new ordinance states any Palmer resident, over the age of 65, living alone and on a fixed income, can make an application to the city. Applicants would only be subject to paying the current base rate of $25 per month for water, garbage and sewer services,' explained City Attorney Larry Jackson. The new Senior Citizen Minimum Service Rate will go into effect during the next billing cycle. A similar arrangement is available, under Section 3 of the ordinance, to churches in Palmer, where more than one family meets each week to worship.

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