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Water rate increase proposed in Caroline
The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing tonight to increase the water rate 5 percent.
For the average residential customer in Caroline, the increase will be less than $1 on each monthly bill for customers who get water service only from the county.
The average residential customer’s monthly bill is $23.75 and would go up to $24.94 per month, according to a memo. For customers who get water and sewer from the county, the average residential customer’s bill will go from $96.85 to $98.05 per month.
Two other increases are proposed as well. The fee for a returned check would increase from $35 to $50 and the after-hours reconnection fee would jump from $80 to $100 for water and sewer service.
Availability and connection fees for water would remain the same, as well as sewer rates.
There are 1,408 Caroline County households who use the county’s water service, according to Joseph C. Shiebel, Interim Director of the Department of Public Utilities/Works.
If approved, the increases would go into effect July 1.
The Board of Supervisors meeting begins at 6 p.m., but the public hearing begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Services Center, 17202 Richmond Turnpike.