The City of Wood River narrowly approved an increase in the water and sewer rates for residents and businesses at the City Council Meeting on Monday. By a vote of 3-2, with the mayor casting the deciding vote, the city will increase the rates effective May 1. The water rate hike is the first in Wood River in 12 years and the first sewer rate hike in decades.
Mayor Frank Akers tells The Big Z the hikes are necessary to improve and maintain the infrastructure.
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The sewer rate hike will be more dramatic, with the average cost for customers coming in at around $19 more every other month. The rate will jump from $1.76 to $5 per 1-thousand gallons after May 1, and then to $6.32 per 1-thousand gallons by May 1, 2020. The water rate hike will gradually increase over the next five years, with the average customer paying about $2 more every other month. The water rate will jump from the current $2.46 to $2.83 per 1-thousand gallons, and then to $4.93 per 1-thousand gallons by May 1, 2020. The rate increases will be the same percentage for business customers.