RANSON, W.Va. - A Ranson City Council member objected Tuesday night to a city proposal to raise its residential sewer rates 22.4 percent.
Council member Howard Shade said he was concerned how the proposed rate increase would affect people on fixed incomes, like retired individuals.
Shade suggested that the city give fixed income individuals a break on rates and make up the difference through business tax revenue.
Mayor David Hamill said the city cannot legally subsidize sewer operations with other types of revenue.
City Attorney Andy Blake said Ranson needs to increase its sewer rates because of increased treatment rates from the City of Charles Town, which treats Ranson's sewage.