In Benton, water bills are going up in part to raise funds for a new sewer plant.
Benton water customers will pay three percent more for water and five percent more for sewer service in August, after a rate hike was passed by city commissioners Monday night.
The water rates are going up because Rend Lake is charging more for its water supply, and Commissioner Ron Baumgarte says the sewer rate hike is needed.
“What we’re trying to do is trying to build up as much capital or as much money as we can in the sewer fund, because it looks like we’re going to have to build a new sewer plant. And the more money we get in there, the less money we’re going to have to finance or bond.”
Residents who use 2,000 gallons of water or less per month will pay 86 cents more under the new rates.
Leigh Caldwell Reporting