Higher Utilities In Charlottesville?

By: Autria Godfrey
By: Autria Godfrey

May 21, 2007

The gas in your car might not be the only gas you'll be paying more for. City council members discussed whether you'll be paying more when it comes to utilities at a meeting Monday night.

Slight increases in water, sewer and gas would equal about $15 more each month for each residential customer beginning in July. City council members heard from the Director of Finance after they conducted a study on increasing utilities. Council members pointed out that with UVa students gone, this increase comes at a time when there are fewer people in our community to pick up the costs, meaning more for each person. Those behind the study say the main reason for the increase is higher fees coming from Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority.

"I think a little bit higher than last year. We had some fairly substantial charges from Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority," said Charlottesville Director of Finance Bernard Wray. "The treatment of the sewer portion of the bill went up 20% from the Authority to the city which meant that the city had to increase their rates."

Monday night was the first public hearing on the matter. It will be brought up again at next week's meeting. If rates do go up, residents will see their bills increase in August.

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