The public will get its turn to tell the Washington County Commissioners what they think about water and sewer rate increases and subsidies at a hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Courtroom One of the Washington County Courthouse.
The commissioners voted 3-2 on April 7 for increasing water and sewer rates by 4 percent starting July 1 and lowering the county's annual cash subsidy of water, sewer and pretreatment services from $3.53 million to $2.83 million.
The rate increase would cost the average customer $16 more for water and $14 more for sewer each year.
The commissioners can change their minds after the public hearing.
Commissioners James R. Wade, R. Lee Downey and Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook voted to drop the subsidy by $700,000 and increase rates 4 percent.
Commissioners John S. Shank and Ronald L. Bowers voted against a drop in subsidies and for a 3 percent rate increase.