Meeting to be Held in Kermit on Thursday to Discuss High Water Rates

Meeting to be Held in Kermit on Thursday to Discuss High Water Rates

by Brian Wise
NewsWest 9

Kermit- Kermit will be holding a city council meeting on Thursday to discuss the rise of water rates.

According to the city, the previous city manager, Pete Kampfer, put the ordinance into motion that raised Kermit water rates. City Manager Gloria Saenz would not give a statement in front of the camera but was kind enough to write the statement on the corner of a piece of paper.

"Previous CM's (City Manager's) plan to reclaim Kermit was one reason for the increase in rates. To fund equipment, etc.," Saenz's note said.

The Kermit City Council will meet on Thursday to discuss a possible change to Ordinance 13-08. This is the Ordinance that was causing residents to take a second look at their water bills, in shock. The shock was no different for Velda Simon. Her bill rose by $100.

"Heart palpitation. I just couldn't believe it at first. I thought I had misread. I thought they hadn't credited me for last month's bill is what I thought at first," Simon said.

For Jimmy Paschal, owner of Star Laundromat, his bill went up about $900.

"It went from $350 this month to a $1,021 this month," Paschal said.

City Council member Julio Pena was surprised as well. 

"We were on the understanding that the bill was just $10 to add to the bill of your water bill and it seems like it went drastic," Pena said. 

According to Ordinance 13-08, Kermit water costs $17 for the first 5,000 gallons and then goes up every 1,000 gallons.

According to, the average person uses about 50 gallons of water a day. Over thirty days, that comes to about 1,500 gallons. But that doesn't include extra things like watering the grass.