City to hold meetings over major sewer/water rate hike plan

JACKSON — The city of Jackson will host a series of town hall meetings to discuss a proposed water and sewer rate hike.

Water rates would rise 29 percent under the proposal, from $2.48 to $3.21 per 100 cubic feet, or 748 gallons. Sewer rates would more than double, from $2.15 to $4.47 per 100 cubic feet. With those rates, the average sewer bill would go from $15 to $31, while the average water bill would increase from $15 to $21.

The administration says the hikes are necessary to meet its bond obligations, handle maintenance needs and position the city to tackle a $400 million consent decree from the EPA.

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