A civic group made up of county water and sewer customers wants the Washington County Commissioners to consider changing its rate structure.
Ray A. Horst, President of the Southwest Metropolitan Area Civic Association, said Friday his group wants the county to consider charging quarterly minimum fees to apartments. The way the rate structure is now, an apartment complex only pays one minimum fee, no matter how many apartments are served.
Horst said that's not fair to homeowners.
One way to make the rates more fair, Horst said, would be to have a linear rate, which has been discussed by the Water and Sewer Advisory Commission.
The linear rate would result in higher volume rates and cheaper minimum charges.
Every customer would pay the same rate per 1,000 gallons used, although a minimum charge would still apply.
Under one linear option considered by the commission, customers using about 16,000 gallons a quarter or less would save money - up to $96 a year. Those who use more than 16,000 gallons would pay more.