Parkersburg City Council Approves Compromised Sewer Rate

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After a last-ditch attempt to lower a proposed sewer rate hike, Parkersburg City Council voted 5-4 to approve the final reading of a compromise rate Tuesday.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports that the arrangement for the Parkersburg Utility Board will hike the customer and volume charge per 1,000 gallons used by six percent starting July 1.

This is the first step of an incremental increase that will raise rates by four to five percent the following years.

Customers may see an increase of about $8 on average by 2017.

Representatives from the utility board have said the increase is needed to cover federally and state-mandated wet-weather overflow upgrades, to maintain required debt service, to make up for inflation since the last increase in 2008 and to build funds to minimize borrowing for future projects.