“We’re trying to hold [costs] down as much as we possibly can, but this was one adjustment that I thought needed to be made to protect the residents of Clarksville,” Gilkey said.
Popp worried that the increase would make Clarksville unattractive to businesses.
“You have to be careful that if you get these rates on the businesses at such an extreme amount, it’s going to be very difficult to bring in new businesses,” Popp said after the meeting. “And of course, what I’m especially interested in right now is the Colgate area. Will this have a negative effect on the ... 125 acres that are down there that can be developed?”
In neighboring Jeffersonville, an ERU is equal to 2,500 square feet, with a price to nonresidential customers of $3.50 per ERU per month. Also defining an ERU as 2,500 square feet, New Albany charges $4.17 per ERU per month.
Kraft, the council’s vice president, said he doesn’t think the $4.05 per ERU fee will stop many businesses from coming to Clarksville.
“It is possible that that could happen, but I think we’re still under what I would call a prohibitive price,” Kraft said. “I don’t think that much difference is going to be made with that.”
Public hearings will be held on the stormwater and wastewater rate increase ordinances will be held at the council’s Aug. 5 meeting.