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Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 01/26/2011

WSSC proposes 8.9 percent rate increase

By Katherine Shaver

Montgomery and Prince George’s county residents would face an 8.9 percent increase in their water and sewer bills starting in July under a proposed budget released Thursday by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

The increase would add $5.30 per month to the average residential bill, said WSSC spokesman John C. White. That would come on top of an 8.5 percent rate increase that WSSC customers saw this fiscal year.

The proposed budget includes additional money to inspect, repair and replace deteriorating pipes. It would also cover cost increases at regional sewage disposal facilities, stepped-up inspections of large sewer pipes and an increase in the water pipe corrosion monitoring program, said Antonio L. Jones, WSSC’s board chairman.

White said the proposed $1.2-billion budget for both operating and capital expenses is in the early stages of consideration. After two public hearings scheduled for February, the utility’s board of commissioners must vote on it before it would be approved by both county councils June 1.

A public hearing in Prince George’s is scheduled for Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the RMS Building, 1400 McCormick Drive, in Largo. The Montgomery hearing is scheduled for Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the 7th floor council hearing room of the Stella B. Werner Building, 100 Maryland Ave., in Rockville. People who want to speak at either hearing can call 301-206-8110.

By Katherine Shaver  | January 26, 2011; 10:36 AM ET
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No !!! Because they are appointed rather than elected, they have a free hand to routinely raise taxes. As a result these quasi-government authorities (WSSC, MWPPC), are killing us with these back door tax increases. Untilt eh economy turns around they must learn to live within their means like every other government governmental entity.

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | January 26, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Yes, finally! It's as long as the money is earmarked directly to infrastructure upgrades I fully support the increase. I couldn't believe how cheap water bills in this region are until core pipelines began failing and now it makes sense: WSSC does not have the funding they need to maintain world-class infrastructure.

I would like to see the level of funding necessary to sustain a world-class system of infrastructure and meet projected growth rates, especially proposed developments near Metro stops in Montgomery and Prince Georges counties. Neither county will see any of that growth if we don't plan, fund, and build adequate infrastructure. We owe it to ourselves and our children to build great and lasting community infrastructure, not burden them with a poorly maintained one that they will have to pay much more for in the future.

Posted by: | January 26, 2011 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Some people think water and sewage should be a free lunch !!!

Pay as you poop, or eat it raw !!!!

Posted by: polecatx1 | January 26, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Talk about flushing 'money' down the toilet to tehse folk at WSSC by raising taxes is criminal. Surely I will be happy when the FEDS bust us this crime syndicate aka WSSC and MNCPPC aka quasi-rip-off artists.

Posted by: TheresaDudleyFat | January 26, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

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