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October 15, 2019


NOTICE OF SEWER RATE INCREASE AND PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on October 1, 2019, the Town Council (the “Council”) of the Town of Broadus, Montana (the “Town”), adopted a Resolution of Intention of the Town of Broadus, Montana to Increase the Rates for the Users of the Municipal Sewer System. The Town has the power and authority to regulate, establish, and change, as it considers proper, rates, charges, and classifications imposed for utility services to its inhabitants and other persons served by the Town’s sewer system (the “System”). The Town Council has determined it is necessary for the Town to increase its sewer rates to collect sufficient revenues to repay bonds and other obligations of its System, to pay the costs associated with the operation and maintenance of the System, to build necessary reserves, and to undertake certain improvements to the System. The Town currently charges residential and commercial users of the System a monthly base rate charge (the “Base Rate Charge”) of $12.30 per month, which includes the use of 3,000 gallons of water per month. In addition, the Town charges users of the System a monthly usage charge of $0.97 per 1,000 gallons of water or portion thereof used per user per month in excess of the gallons included in the Base Rate Charge (the “Usage Charge”). The Usage Charge is based on the average of water usage for November, December, January, February, March, and April of each year. All users connected to the System are charged the sum of the Base Rate Charge plus the Usage Charge (such sum, the “Monthly Charge”). Commencing with the December 2019 billing, the Town proposes to increase the Base Rate Charge (the “Proposed Base Rate Charge”) by $19.70, resulting in a Proposed Base Rate Charge of $32.00, which includes the use of 3,000 gallons of water per month. In addition, the Town proposes to increase the Usage Charge (the “Proposed Usage Charge”) to $2.00 per 1,000 gallons of water or portion thereof used per user per month over the gallons included in the Proposed Base Rate Charge. Commencing with the December 2019 billing, the Town proposes to charge all users connected to the System the sum of the Proposed Base Rate Charge plus the Proposed Usage Charge (the “Proposed Monthly Charge”). For a user of the System using 4,000 gallons of water per month, the Proposed Monthly Charge ($32.00 + $2.00 = $34.00) represents an increase of approximately 143% over the current Monthly Charge ($12.30 + $0.97= $13.97). A public hearing on the rate increase will be held on November 4, 2019, commencing at 6:00 p.m. at the Town Office located at 210 E. Holt Street in Broadus, Montana. Further information about the proposed rate increase may be obtained by contacting Peggy Fruit, Town Clerk-Treasurer, at 210 E. Holt Street, Broadus, Montana, or by telephone at 406-436-2409. Done by Order of the Town Council of the Town of Broadus, Montana, this 1st day of October, 2019. /s/ Peggy Fruit, Town Clerk-Treasurer Published in the Powder River Examiner October 10, 18, and 24, 2019. MNAXLP

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