Carroll commissioners expect sparse attendance at a public hearing today on the county's revised water and sewer rates, which are billed according to each customer's quarterly usage.
The county held several well-attended hearings last spring on the new rate formula, designed to lower rates for those who use less water. On advice of legal counsel, officials decided to hold one more hearing on the rates.
"This hearing is a courtesy in case people misunderstood," said Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge. "The new rates will really give people who use less water a better rate overall."
The ordinance took effect with the first full billing cycle after July 1. Many customers will notice little difference in the quarterly bills they receive this month, said Gene Curfman, county comptroller.
Curfman said he would be surprised if anyone attends the hearing at 9:30 a.m. in Room 300A of the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.