By Joy Hampton
The Norman Transcript
Norman City Council members will vote tonight on a proposed sewer rate increase.
If approved by council members, a ballot initiative will go before voters Nov. 12. After multiple discussions, the city council is expected to approve a ballot measure for a rate increase for city sewer service by an additional $1.10 per month raising the total base charge to $5. Currently, the base charge is $3.90 a rate which was established in 1996.
Also under consideration is an increase of $1.10 per thousand gallons of sewage treatment for a total sewer use charge of $2.70 per thousand gallons of sewage treatment each month. The current charge is $1.60 per thousand gallons.
This wastewater rate increase will help secure revenue bonds to upgrade the current southside wastewater facility. The project includes improvements to meet Department of Environmental Quality requirements.