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PG considers big hike in water, sewer rates
By Staff Reports
Aug 21, 2014, 12:55

PRINCE GEORGE ó County water and sewer rates could jump significantly if a recommendation is approved by the Board of Supervisors.

The Board of Supervisors at its Aug. 12 worksession received the findings of a Utility Rate Analysis that recommends increased water and sewer charges.

A comprehensive report prepared by Carl Brown, president of Carl Brown Consulting LLC, outlined various scenarios involved in the recommendation for future water and sewer rates. The recommendation would increase the average residential customerís water bill bi-monthly by $7.35 and sewer by $29.64.

That adds up to an additional $221.94 a year.

For the average home that uses 10,000 gallons every two months, the water bill would go from $36 to $43.35. The sewer bill would go from $58 to $87.64. The average cost per year would go up to $785.94.

Also included in the recommendation are adjustments to commercial users as well as tap fees.

Utilities Director Chip England pointed out to the Board of Supervisors the increases are necessary primarily to prepare the county for maintenance to an aging system. The Board of Supervisors last implemented a rate increase in 2008.

The BOS deferred any action on the proposal until staff could provide additional information to the members.

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