Gloucester water and sewer customers will not see their county rates increase this year. No motion was put on the table by the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors to increase rates at a public hearing on the matter held Tuesday night in the colonial courthouse.
The board was considering instituting a 3 percent rate hike; the increase would have affected approximately 5,000 water customers and 1,500 sewer customers in the county.
The 3 percent rate increase was based on the recommendation from a 2011 study conducted by Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc., which was done to find out what needed to be done to make Gloucester’s public utilities system become self-sufficient.
The past two years, the board had approved two more aggressive rate increases per the recommendation of the study. Revenues from this 3 percent increase were to fund an update of the county’s Water and Sewer Master Plans to coordinate them with the current comprehensive plan.
In later years, the rat...
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