Sewer-water rate increase proposed

March 12, 1992|By Michael A. Fletcher | Michael A. Fletcher,Staff Writer

The city Board of Estimates is considering a proposal to raise water and sewer rates by an average of 16.4 percent for residential customers and up to 40 percent for some large businesses.

The proposed increase would affect 1.5 million customers in the city and in Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Howard and Carroll counties -- all of whom share the city's water and waste water system.

In all, the increases would bring an additional $18 million a year to the water and sewer system, which is funded separately from other government operations and by law must be self-sustaining.

OC The proposal, which will have a public hearing before the board

April 15, would increase the annual water bill for city residents from an average of $263.96 to $307.16 -- an increase of $43.20 a year. The new rates would take effect in July.

City water rates last went up in 1989, when the Board of Estimates approved increases ranging from 7 percent to 40 percent for residences and businesses.

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