The Norman Transcript

September 10, 2013

City council to consider sewer rate hike tonight

By Joy Hampton
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — 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.