Next week Jefferson County sewer customer will get a chance to express their opinions on sewer rate increases.
The Jefferson County Commission has set a public hearing on an increase starting in November. Sewer rates will go up 7.89 percent for four years and then will rise by 3.49 percent each year for up to 40 years.
The sewer rate increase is a part of the county's plan to exit bankruptcy. Some fear the plan will no longer generate enough money to pay off an estimated $1.9 billion debt because of rising interest rates.
"It's black and white. Anybody can read it. Year after year after year. They are going up for 40 years if this plan is adopted and approved," Jefferson County Commissioner George Bowman said.
Sewer customers are not happy about the proposed increase.
"For the next 40 years. I don't think they need increase any more on the sewer bill. It's already high enough as it is," Kenneth Goldsmtih said.
Jefferson County Commissioners have said if the plan fails to generate the necessary revenue creditors will have to make additional concessions.
The sewer rate hearing is set for 9 a.m. Monday. The Jefferson County Commission may vote on the plan after the hearing.
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