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Water/sewer rate hike hearing set

May 17, 2000|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

A public hearing on proposed rate increases for Hagerstown water and sewer customers is scheduled for May 30 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Under the proposal, rates would increase 3.5 percent for water and 3 percent for sewer. Those increases would add about $7 a year to the average homeowner's bills.

According to the city billing office, the average water and sewer customer now pays $55.51 for using 13,000 gallons of water every three months. The quarterly bill can be broken down to $16.38 for water and $39.13 for sewer. Both bills are based on water usage.

Under the proposed rate increases, that quarterly water and sewer bill would increase almost $1.75 to $57.18. The annual water and sewer cost would rise by about $7 from $222.04 to $229.03.

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The rate increases would be effective Oct. 1.

The increases are intended to cover the cost of major improvements to the water and sewer plants.

The city's R.C. Willson Water Treatment Plant is slated to undergo $1.4 million in improvements. There are $1.3 million in proposed improvements planned for the city's water pollution control plant.

The water and sewer rate increases are included in the proposed budget for the 2000-2001 fiscal year. The City Council is to vote on the spending plan on May 30.

The rates can only be officially set by a separate ordinance, said Rick Thomas, manager of the city's Water Pollution Control Department.

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