WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Water bills would increase 3.7 percent and sewer bills would rise by 3.6 percent for average residential customers in the coming fiscal year under a budget proposal reviewed Tuesday by the Washington County Commissioners.
The rate hike is part of a long-range plan to pay off the county's water and sewer debt, which stands at about $29 million, according to capital budget documents.
Sewer rates for wholesale customers would increase by 7 percent.
Under the proposed increase, the average residential customer who uses 12,000 gallons of water per quarter would pay $4.50 more per quarter in fiscal year 2009, which begins July 1.
That means the quarterly water bill for the average residential customer would rise from $122.80 to $127.30.
The average customer's sewer bills would increase by $4.06 per quarter, from $111.34 to $115.40.
In fiscal year 2008, water rates increased by 3.5 percent and sewer rates rose 3.4 percent for average residential customers.