Jefferson County sewer rates to increase this fall - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

Jefferson County sewer rates to increase this fall

Posted: Updated:

After a public hearing Monday morning, Jefferson County commissioners approved a sewer rate increase beginning November 1.

The increase is a key part of the county's plan to exit bankruptcy by the end of the year and pay off a refinanced debt of approximately $1.8 billion.

The resolution includes a $5 base charge increase for all sewer customers. Non-residential rates are set to increase by 3.49 percent, and both residential and non-residential rates will increase 7.89 percent for two years starting in 2014.

Approximately 30 residents packed the commission chambers to voice their opinions and concerns on the sewer rate hikes.

"We can't pay it, and that's a disgrace," said Jefferson Co. resident Olivia Thompson.

Commission president David Carrington said it's the "best deal I can get" but admitted he believes the rates are at the "outer edge" of reasonable.

"I think it's been clear by the commissioners...that we're not coming with additional rate increases to solve this problem," said Carrington. "It needs to come with interest or it needs to come with creditor concessions."

The commissioner's vote was an important step before a Nov. 12 confirmation hearing in bankruptcy court.

 

  • Central Alabama NewsMore>>

  • Shelby wants plan to fix Central Alabama VA

    Shelby wants plan to fix Central Alabama VA

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:19 PM EDT2014-07-30 01:19:22 GMT
    U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today sent a letter with U.S. Representative Martha Roby to VA Secretary Robert McDonald, who was confirmed by the Senate Tuesday. The letter requests that Secretary McDonald provide a plan within 60 days that identifies the problems at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System, what can be done to correct them, and a timeline for implementation. It also requests that Secretary McDonald visit the facility in Montgomery with Senator Shelby and Represe...More >>
    U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today sent a letter with U.S. Representative Martha Roby to VA Secretary Robert McDonald, who was confirmed by the Senate Tuesday. The letter requests that Secretary McDonald provide a plan within 60 days that identifies the problems at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System, what can be done to correct them, and a timeline for implementation. It also requests that Secretary McDonald visit the facility in Montgomery with Senator Shelby and Represe...More >>
  • Athens man pleads not guilty in Craigslist kitten killings

    Athens man pleads not guilty in Craigslist kitten killings

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:14:53 GMT
    Ronald Fraser Golden, 49, of Athens pleaded not guilty to 22 cruelty charges during a brief hearing in Limestone County, where authorities say he killed the animals in a part of his home he called "the cat room."

    More >>
    Ronald Fraser Golden, 49, of Athens pleaded not guilty to 22 cruelty charges during a brief hearing in Limestone County, where authorities say he killed the animals in a part of his home he called "the cat room."

    More >>
  • Girl who was struck by plane that crashed on Florida beach dies

    Girl who was struck by plane that crashed on Florida beach dies

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:34 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:34:21 GMT
    A 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she vacationed with her family has died from her injuries, law enforcement officials in Florida said Tuesday.More >>
    A 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she vacationed with her family has died from her injuries, law enforcement officials in Florida said Tuesday.
    More >>
Most Popular
Stories
Videos
loading...