A rate increase may be coming for the City’s water and sewer services that will lead to a $97 yearly increase on average (for a family of four). Come to a public meeting to see why the Department of Public Works deems this hike necessary, and voice your questions and concerns to the Board of Estimates, who will have final say on whether the rates will rise.
The main reason for the proposed hike is infrastructural: more inspection, repair and replacement is needed for a sewer system as old as ours to function without costly interruption. The increase will also serve to meet certain federal and state utility guidelines.
DPW notes that the 9% rate rise is comparatively less than other utility hikes in recent years, and that 9% represents a compromise position that is meant to protect City residents from untenable total utility cost. The hearing with more detail will be held:
June 27th (at the regularly scheduled Board of Estimates meeting)
Board of Estimates Meeting Room (Room 215) at City Hall
100 N. Holiday St. Baltimore, MD 21202