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Utilities rates to go up Oct. 1

Read the full article here.

Water bills in Stafford will be higher next month.

The Board of Supervisors approved an increase Tuesday afternoon, effective Oct. 1. The change will be reflected in bills issued starting Nov. 1. (Find the full county document here.)

Supervisor Ty Schieber motioned for an alternative that differed from the Utilities Commission’s recommendation that had called for a 9.5 percent increase for the next three fiscal years. You can read a previous article here

Approved is a three-year series of increases; two years of additional increases were included in analysis but weren’t included in the ordinance. Starting this year, rates will rise 9 percent, then 8 percent for fiscal 2015 (starting July 1), and 6 percent for fiscal 2016. Including two more years of possible 6 percent raises, the cumulative increase from now to fiscal 2018 would be 41.8 percent.

For the average customer that uses 5,000 gallons of water per month, the change will be about $4 each year. If a current bill is $48.35, that could rise to $52.41 (+$4.06) starting next month. The next year, it’d be $56.53 (+$4.12) and then $61.02 (+$4.49) in fiscal 2016.

Included in the three votes Tuesday were a $88.2 million capital improvement program and $48.8 million bond issue.