- Associated Press - Sunday, June 15, 2014

JENNINGS, La. (AP) - The city proposed a 10 percent rate increase for water and sewer and a 2.2 percent increase for trash collection.

The American Press reported (https://bit.ly/1eOXZNb) that if the Jennings City Council approves the proposals when it meets June 24, the increases would go into effect on July 1.

Mayor Terry Duhon said the city annually adjusts the rates as part of the Consumer Price Index tied to fuel costs, salaries, insurance and other liabilities.

The increase would raise the average resident’s water bill by about $4.50 a month, Duhon said. Customers who use more water would see a higher rate, he said.

Service charges for garbage collection would increase to $18.17 a month for residential and most commercial users.

Under the proposed water rate increase, residents would pay a basic rate of $11.47 for the first 2,000 gallons and $1.90 per 1,000 gallons for the next 13,000 gallons.

For customers outside the city, the rate would be $13.82 for residential and $15.30 for commercial users for the first 2,000 gallons of water. Rates for the next 13,000 gallons - per 1,000 gallons - would be $2.32 for residential and $2.59 for commercial.

The rate would be $11.47 for the first 2,000 gallons of residential sewage service and $19.10 for commercial users, but would be $1.30 for the next 13,000 gallons for residential and commercial users.

Silverwood residents and businesses would see slightly higher bills, with residential rates at $27.56 and commercial rates at $44.94 for the first 2,000 gallons. The cost would be $3 per 1,000 gallons for both residential and commercial users for the next 13,000 gallons.

Water and sewer tap costs also would increase.

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Information from: American Press, https://www.americanpress.com

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