May 24, 2007
The Albemarle County Service Authority held a public meeting Thursday morning to address the proposed 2008 budget and various increases to water and sewer rates.
The public was given an opportunity to speak and a decision was made.
There will in fact be an increase in how much Albemarle County residents will have to pay for water and sewer rates.
The new fixed rate for services jumps up to $5.11 under the new budget and residential water rates will jump an average of 30%.
Prior to this morning's final vote the board did anticipate an increase in water and sewage rates.
They tell us the decision was discussed intensively by the staff but they still felt that getting the public input was key before any numbers were set.
One of the reasons for the increase was mandated improvements in sewer treatment that are going to be very expensive.
“We buy our water from the Rivanna water and sewer authority and sell it to our customers. And our prices from Rivanna have increased so there are a number of pressures on increasing our cost and there for our cost to our customers,” said Donald J. Wagner, ACSA Chairman.
The Rivanna Water Sewer Authority's rates have gone up 6% for water and 18% for sewer this year, which is why the cost is being passed on to residents.
The average home in the county uses around 5,000 gallons of water a month, which means their bill would go up around $12 a month.
The new rates should go into affect by July 1st of this year but rate changes on hook up fees will not go into effect until the fall.