An increase in Washington County water and sewer rates is proposed for the coming fiscal year, part of a long-range plan to decrease the water and sewer debt.
Commissioner John C. Munson said the water and sewer debt is about $34 million.
Water Quality Director Greg Murray proposed raising water rates by 3 percent and sewer rates by 2 percent for residential customers.
It's the second week in a row county staff members have proposed fee increases for county services.
Last week, staff members proposed raising Forty West Landfill permit and tipping fees by $5 to $10.
The average residential customer who uses 12,000 gallons of water a quarter would pay $3.50 more per quarter in fiscal year 2007, which begins July 1.