At Tuesday night’s Greenville City Council meeting the council voted 5-0 to apply for a USDA Rural Development low interest loan in the amount of $4,852,000 to expand the waste water system. The expansion would bring sewer services to areas of the city that currently do not have sewer, and if the loan is approved by both the USDA and the Greenville City Council, it could mean a large sewer rate increase. According to the report given to council members, the increase could be as much as 38 percent or around $8.63 more per month. The final increase would depend on how many new users, both inside the city and outside the city, tap onto the sewer. If more users tap onto the new sewer pipes, the final cost could be lower. The loan application will now go to the USDA for approval, then back to city council.
The City Council will also likely discuss the idea of a Business Tax District at the May meeting. Last year the council had been considering creating a Business Tax District to collect an addition 1 percent sales tax to be used for infrastructure improvements inside the district. The idea was met with opposition from business owners inside the district and from residents who came to the public hearings. The council will likely revisit the idea of a tax district at the May meeting.