Water, sewer rates to inflate
Hagerstown's water and sewer customers could have higher rate increases this year than Washington County's sewer customers.
Hagerstown city officials project rate increases of 5.5 percent for sewer customers and 6 percent for water customers starting July 1, compared to rate increases of 3 percent to 5 percent projected for county sewer customers.
City Finance Director Al Martin said the projections could change. Martin said the city could decide to borrow more money up front in order to cushion the water rate increases.
An average city customer inside the city limits, who uses 13,000 gallons per quarter, pays $35.88 a quarter for sewer and $15.08 a quarter for water. A 5.5 percent increase for sewer and 6 percent increase for water would add $1.79 a quarter to the sewer bill and $.90 to the water bill. City customers who live outside the city limits pay more.