The Tenino City Council conducted a public hearing this week on increasing its sewer rates.
Currently, the city sewer and water rate is combined and is a total of $135.08. The new ordinance would raise the bill to $146.21.
The increase would let the city establish monthly rates that would allow for the maintenance of the utility, while also providing enough funds for debt payments.
The city also held a public hearing on a rate swap ordinance that would amend the water and sewer rate. The ordinance proposed a swap that would have no rate change to the combined water and sewer rates. The adjustment to the monthly water billing base would be reduced by $10, and an increase of $10 would be added to the sewer rate, resulting in no net change for water and sewer customers.
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“We’re simply swapping the water rate reduction with the sewer rate increase at the same rate,” Mayor Bret Brodersen said.
Citizens using only the water system would see no change in rates, while the limited number of sewer-only customers would see an increase of $10 per meter, Brodersen said.
The only public comment during the two hearings were clarifying questions; no positive or negative comments were offered.
The ordinances will be read a second time, and possibly approved, at the Oct. 13 city council meeting.