The Caldwell County Water District Board discussed a proposed rate increase Tuesday which, if approved, would increase customers’ monthly bills by approximately 8.79%.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has the authority to approve or deny the district’s proposed rate change, as well as propose rates of their own, according to Jimmy Littlefield, the water district’s chief executive officer.

“In the past, it’s been a lower amount than what we submitted,” he said.

The tariff ruling would come after the public has had a chance to view the tariff. The district intends to file an application for approval by Monday.

Chris Noel, the board vice chair, and board member Heath Cummins asked how proposed rate changes are arrived at. Littlefield said the district’s 2020 financial statements and data go into the decision.

An 8.79% increase is equivalent to a difference of $2.24, for residents who use their first 1,000 gallons of water, for example.

The tariff filing will be available for public view at the district’s office, as well as the PSC office in Frankfort, and the PSC website. A legal ad will also be published in the newspaper.

In other business, Littlefield told the board the district has received a refund of $1,255 from its health insurance carrier, Anthem, for efficient use and activity.

“That’s good on the insurance. You rarely hear of an insurance company giving back anything,” said Cummins.