CAMERON - Residents of Cameron could see an increase in their sewage bills if Cameron City Council enacts a proposed 30-percent increase to cover operating costs and loans for the Cameron Sewage Disposal Plant.
According to Mayor Julie Beresford, the city discovered in its public service audit that its sewage rates were not sufficient to cover operating costs and its debt service for the sewage plant, which experienced renovations and updates in 2000.
After consulting a Charleston accountant, the city received a recommendation that it raise the rates by 30 percent to meet its bills, Beresford said.
This means a family using 4,500 gallons of water a month would see a sewage bill increase of about $14 per month. Currently, residents pay a combined bill of $47.36 per month for water, sewage and the municipal fee. That could rise to $61.57 per month, based on recent report by the West Virginia Public Service Commission comparing sewage rates in the state.
Beresford said the city is considering implementing the new rate gradually to make less of an impact on residents, but no decisions have been made.
"It's going to be a big negative," Beresford said. "It's significant money. We are in the process of examining the rates, and we will be as gradual as we can. No deadline has been set."
The last sewage rate increase residents experienced was in 2003, Beresford said.
Beresford said the rates would be discussed at the next council meeting, set for 7 p.m. June 17.