Conover plans water rate increase

For the second straight year, Conover residents may pay more for water.  

The city’s recommended budget passes along a 3 percent water rate increase to citizens.

City leaders say they can’t afford to absorb the increase, which is being requested by the city of Hickory, said Conover City Manager Donald Duncan.

“If we could recommend not do it, I would,” Duncan said, adding that it would cost the city about $19,500 to absorb the increased rate.

Conover’s overall operating budget of about $11.8 million recommends the city maintain its property tax rate of 40 cents per $100 of valuation. The total proposed budget is about $13.3 million.

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