A public hearing on proposed increases in Washington County water and sewer rates will be held June 4 at 7 p.m. in Courtroom One of the Washington County District Court.
The County Commissioners have proposed a 5 percent increase in residential sewer rates and 2.3 percent increase in residential water rates for the average user.
Under the sewer increase, the average Washington County customer, who uses 12,000 gallons a quarter, would pay $16.52 more per year, far less than the $37.60 recommended by staff.
A water customer using 12,000 gallons a quarter would pay $9.36 more per year.
A study of water and sewer rates by consultants Black and Veatch last year had projected 14 percent sewer rate increases would be needed each year through 2002, followed by increases of 7 percent in 2003, 6 percent in 2004 and 5 percent in 2005.