Water Rate Hikes

By: Shane Symolon
By: Shane Symolon

A raise in sewer and water rates in Waynesboro seems to have been inevitable.

The City Council decided on possible Monday night rate hikes to vote on next month to fix the problems in the line.

66 million dollars over the next 5 years is what it will take to make all the improvements.

The council was looking at several options tonight for how to stretch out those loans and pay them all back.

Tonight they decided what rate hikes their going to present to the public before voting.

For the average user, which the council says is about 55-hundred gallons, there could be $4.00. increase per bill for water.

The increase for sewers could be $5.00, which brings it up to a $9.00 a month increase for Waynesboro Residents.

The council says that those rates could go up in years to come.

They say they don't want to make the rate increases, but they don't have much of a choice.

"The bottom line is these projects need to be accomplished and the rates are necessary, we'll continue to evaluate to make sure that we keep the impact to the rate payer as little as possible by finding grants and low interest loans," says Douglas Walker.

The council will be holding a public meeting on the rates on Monday, November 13th.

After that the council will vote on the final rate increases for 2007.

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