Ordinance passes to double water rates in Clayton

CLAYTON, La. (KNOE) - The Village of Clayton is still struggling to pay off its past due bank loan and JCP Management, the company that manages the village's water.

In October the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Fiscal Review Committee voted to have a state fiscal administrator come in and take over, but the village can't afford that either. So, leaders are working with the state officials to find money to afford the administrator through a state funding.

In the meantime, the board of aldermen approved an $18 average increase Tuesday night during a town hall meeting. Mayor Josephine Washington told KNOE she hopes this increase will start generating money in the future to avoid this downfall again.

During the meeting, residents were mixed on the decision.

"I don't have a problem with the increase...Never did. I have a problem with the quality of the water. They can't give us the timeline on the quality, but they can give us a timeline on the increase," one residents said.

The increase begins April 1st.

"So, with that being said, the increase has to happen because they town can't run without the increase, that's just all there is to it. It's just a lot of other things that's not being handled the way it should, but for the most part that actually got the increase done, they've been trying to do it for the last few months so they got something done." the resident added.

The village is still waiting to learn when they'll get a fiscal administrator.

According to the state auditor's office, that could take months due to lake of funding.

Water Rates:

Residents - $54.55 per 2,000 gallons
Businesses - $69.50 per 2,000 gallons