TISHOMINGO, Okla. (KTEN) — Tishomingo utility customers may be seeing a higher water bill this month, and the city manager said it is not an error.

The municipal authority approved the water rate increase in October, tacking on just over $11 per customer beginning this month.

The minimum water bill is now nearly $48 for every water customer. Sewer and trash rates were not affected by this water cost increase, but the total minimum for all three services is now just over $87.

City Manager Troy Golden said this rate increase is not related to the wastewater treatment proposal that was rejected by voters in August.

"Two separate discussions," he said. "Right now we are working on grants for the wastewater treatment plant. Once we find out how much money we are going to receive from grants, then we'll have to revisit tax asks or increases in wastewater."

The city manager understands tax increases of any kind can hurt customers, but sees this as a necessary change to help the city as it grows. 

"The first phase was construction of the water treatment plant, which we are really excited about for economic growth," Golden said. "We're also getting new schools, new businesses in town."

He said the current treatment plants are nearly 60 years old and need a facelift.