Mayor Ralph Grutzmacher was sworn in as Toledo’s newest Mayor Wednesday night. Upon taking up the gavel Mayor Grutzmacher said he hopes to work closely with everybody on the council to help move the town forward. The council then officially declared two vacancies on the council and called for applications from residents around the town.
Unfortunately for most Toledo residents, moving forward means higher waters bills in the near future in order to pay off the bonds the city is floating to launch construction of the town’s new water intake assembly on the Siletz River as well as the construction of a new water tank in town. Combined cost is around 6.7 million. Another two million will come from the Seal Rock Water District which buys its water from Toledo.
Water rates, which are running around $40/month for the average household in Toledo would be expected to rise to $49.74, according to Public Works Director Adam Denlinger. No word on when the higher rates would take effect. Denlinger said city staff may ask the council to pad the final water rate just a tiny bit to create a fund to help subsidize water costs for some of the town’s lowest income residents. Final figures on that proposal have not yet been vetted. The council could take up water rates again at its next city council meeting.