Waynesboro Residents Speak Out About Water and Sewer Rate Hikes

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A number of public hearings, including one on proposed water and sewage rate hikes, were on the agenda for Waynesboro City Council members Monday night.

The city wants to raise water rates $2 more per month.

Sewer fees would increase by $3, plus an additional fee for every 1,000 gallons used.

The average family could spend nearly $7 more per month. The plan is not going over well with some residents.

Waynesboro resident Charles McLear says, "I'm not going to be able to afford to take a bath. I used to have a water garden and take showers and everything, but now I'm not even planting gardens this year because of the water rates."

Council members are not proposing any tax hikes for the next fiscal year.

They will make an official decision on the water and sewer rates at their next meeting.