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Sewer rates to go up for city customers

Hike to take place incrementally until 2017

March 05, 2014
CUMMING, Ga. — The city of Cumming said it's raising sewer rates for its customers.

Jon Heard, the city of Cumming director of utilities, said the city is trying to raise its revenues by bringing the city's rate to a regional average.

The council voted 5-0 to change the price of the service incrementally by $1 over the next four years.

The city services include city and county customers.

Beginning in June, residents who rely on the city for sewer will pay $3.84 per 1,000 gallons while the commercial rate will be $4.30 per 1,000 gallons. The following year, that price increases by $1 to $4.84 for residents and $5.30 for commercial properties until June 2017, when rates will be increased to $6.84 per 1,000 for residential and $7.30 for commercial.

Heard said the Northside Hospital-Forsyth rate will be increased to $7.30 per 1,000 in June because of their aggressive growth and infrastructure improvements that are solely for the hospital.

Heard told council the average rate for sewer customers will increase about $6 per month each year. By 2017, residential sewer rates would have increased by $24.

The increase, Heard said, is to offset $60 million in upgrades at city facilities and a decrease in sewer connection fees.

"We're just not generating that much revenue from hook-on fees right now, so one of the things we need to look at is increasing sewer rates," he said.

When a new home connects onto the city's sewer, $5,000 is generated.

"So if you have a large subdivision of say 100 homes, you'll generate a lot of revenue," Heard said.

Even with the upcoming increase, Heard said the city's rates in 2017 will be lower than the 2010 average.

"We've got a very affordable rate," Heard said.

Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt said the dollar per year increase is reasonable.

"Especially since we haven't had a rate increase since 2008," Gravitt said.

FH 03-05-14

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    republican tax hike
    March 06, 2014 | 07:37 AM

    Once Again We Have Republicans Raising Taxes (Which This Is). All Of whom Run On A Platform Of Lowering Taxes. Keep Voting Republican And They Will Break Every Promise They Make.

    Saul good
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    Gubmint raising taxes again
    March 06, 2014 | 07:35 PM

    Once again tax-and-spend politicians exacting "tribute payments" just like in the Middle Ages.

    Sandy Springs
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    This isn't a tax. It's a fee.
    March 07, 2014 | 11:57 PM

    If you don't want to pay it, you don't have to. Have your city water turned off and shit in a bucket.

    Kdan DeMan
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    absolutely a tax
    March 09, 2014 | 08:19 AM

    this Is A Municipality. Owned And Operated By The City/County. Infrastructure Is City/CountY Owned...So When They Raise Rates... It's Basically A Tax Hike. Republicans don't Lower Taxes Unless You're Extremely wealthy Or A corporation Getting a Free Pass. Republicans Have Run Georgia For Years. Taxes Have Not gone Down And Now Spending Is Increasing.

    Saul good
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