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Nolanville, water district may merge bills for residents

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Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014 4:30 am

NOLANVILLE — Residents in Nolanville may soon see a combined trash and water bill with a stiff penalty for not paying the trash bill on time: Their water can get shut off.

Bell County Water Control & Improvement District No. 3 board members discussed possibly increasing the city’s methods of payment as well as changing the district’s billing to include a trash-collection fee.

Residents receive a separate bill from Nolanville for trash collection. If the water district and the city approve a contract, residents will get a combined statement, similar to billing methods in larger neighboring cities.

“We were never designated in the trash business. We are strictly water and sewer,” said James Wilkins, a WCID-3 board member who opposes the idea. “(If) we start adding a trash fee ... people are going to smile and say, ‘Go to hell, we aren’t giving you any more money.’”

Wilkins was concerned with possibly losing grant money by taking on trash collection. The city — the designated trash collection agency — and the water district would enter into an interagency agreement if the contract is approved.

City and district officials also discussed new ways to ensure trash bills are paid, which included turning off residents’ water if the bill is not paid after a grace period.

Water district and city representatives will meet to hammer out contractual details in the next couple of weeks.

Water district members also discussed accepting credit card and debit card payments, which would come with a $4.50 per customer online transaction fee from the processing company. Officials agreed charging $4.50 for an online transaction fee seemed high and said they would negotiate for a lower fee or switch processing providers.

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