A special meeting was held on Friday in Ark City, in which several items related to the construction of the new water treatment plant were postponed. The project is dependent upon an estimated $22 million loan from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. That loan is planned to be paid off by increasing water rates in Ark City for both residential and industrial users. However, a cost and revenue analysis presented by Commissioner Every, brings up some questions regarding whether or not the city can afford the new plant. Although Every says his numbers show that the city can most likely pay for it, it would stretch finances to the limit. His study showed that annual savings from a new, more efficient plant, along with savings from better water meters, and money raised from rate increases through 2018 would still fall nearly $600,000 short of paying for the $1.43 million annual debt. Meanwhile, projections by the city show that current and projected revenues would easily cover the loan and leave nearly $900,000 left over. Residential water rates will increase 2 percent each year through 2018 to pay for it. Rates would increase much more for industrial users. For instance, it has been estimated that Creekstone Premium Farms will pay about 50 percent more in water than it currently does. Right now, Creekstone pays about $600,000 a year for water.