The Peachtree City Water and Sewer Authority approved a $9.9 million budget for fiscal year 2019 Monday night that does not include a rate hike.
The budget represents a 1.0 percent increase over the 2018 budget. The budget also shows the authority with a net surplus of $83,761 for the 2019 budget year.
The budget approval rejected a study by consulting firm Stantec that called for a proposed 5.5 rate increase for the next five years.
This is the first budget for the authority prepared by engineering firm ISE.
On Aug,6, the board approved a $287,000 proposal from Integrated Science and Engineering for managing the authority.
The scope of services ISE provides includes:
• Assessment of the current organizational and staffing.
• Financial services management.
• Human resources management.
• Weekly staff meetings.
• Program management.
All told, the six tasks would add up to a yearly bill of $286,800.
At the time of the deal, Mayor Vanessa Fleisch said the deal with ISE is not a contract, and does not require the Peachtree City Council, which now operates as WASA authority members, approving it, Fleisch said.