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Property Tax, Water Rate Increase Coming for Kermit

Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

KERMIT - Plenty of decisions were made at Monday night's Kermit City Council Special Budget Workshop meeting, decisions that will leave the residents of Kermit with different bills coming in the mail.

The City of Kermit officially increased their water rates, something that Kermit hasn't done in the last three years.

It's gone up from 10 cents per 1,000 gallons used to 40 cents per 1,000 gallons.

The City Council also decided it was time to make a move they haven't done in 17 years and increase the property tax rates through a rollback tax rate.

But also on the agenda were the pay raises of 17 city employees.

The city will be increasing their pay, trying to keep their employees and keeping them from being taken away by other job fields.

Paying their water bills was a perk that the Council discussed and Kermit residents and business owners NewsWest 9 spoke with said they believe that's unfair to them.

"The employees are working and they pay their bills like I work and I pay my water bill from here so I don't think that they should give the employees free water," Christine Jones, Owner of Christine's Blues and Barbecue, said.

"Why should we work for it and them get it for free? That's not right," one resident echoed.

The Interim Kermit City Manager, Wanda Hise, told NewsWest 9 no decision was made on paying employee water bills. It was tabled until next year.

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