Council had a first reading Monday on an increase in the rates.
Girard council proposes sewer rate increase
Residents might soon be paying higher sewer rates.
City council is going to vote on a 15 percent increase in the rates.
The first reading was Monday of an ordinance that will raise the rates from $4.38 to $5.04 for every 1,000 gallons of water used.
The ordinance specifies that the rate increase begins on all bills payable from Aug. 20, though the city’s law director is checking to make sure that date is legal.
Lou Adovasio, chairman of council’s utilities committee, said the city might have to wait until October to increase the rates instead of changing them in the middle of the month.
The rate increase will help to cover the wastewater treatment plant’s operating costs, the ordinance indicates.
Adovasio said the city has not raised the sewer rates since 2002, and the state has recommended a 3 percent increase every year to cover rising costs at the plant.
He said that the proposed 15 percent increase is not enough.
“But I don’t want to hit them with 30 percent,” he said.
The council will have a second and third reading of the ordinance.