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Water, sewer rate increase on tap

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 21, 2000

BROOKSVILLE -- The Brooksville City Council on Monday night discussed a plan to raise water and sewer rates between 15 percent and 20 percent, probably beginning in October.

The increase will be part of a steady rise in rates tied to the construction of the city's sewage treatment plant, which was completed this year. The residential sewer rate has already increased from $14 per month in 1995, when planning for the plant began, to more than $20 per month.

The city cannot institute the new increase without getting permission from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which financed the building of the plant. If the city receives federal permission, as expected, the increase probably will go into effect as part of budget for the 2000-01 fiscal year, City Manager Dick Anderson said.

There is good news for conservation-minded customers, Anderson said. For the first time, sewer rates will be tied to use of water, and the water rates will increase more sharply for big water users. Residents who consume the least amount of water, therefore, would actually see a slight decrease in their sewer bills, he said.

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