A possible water and sewer rate increase continues to loom over the heads of Claremont residents and now, it’s looking more probable. City Manager Guy Santage earlier this week mentioned that a proposed increase would be presented during Wednesday night’s city council meeting in order to raise funds for necessary improvement and repair projects on utilities such as the reservoirs.
Wednesday night’s meeting indeed brought a presentation on a proposed increase, presented by Municipal and Financial Services Group, based out of Maryland.
The Valley News reports that Mike Maker with the Maryland-based firm, showed a PowerPoint presentation that showed increases over the next 5 years. In June, the council received reports that the increase would be as much as 95 percent for water.
However, the presentation proposed a roughly 6.5% increase per year for water and sewer combined for a total of a 32% come year 2021. The council did not approve any new rates last night and requested to see a more detailed plan at their next meeting.