LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Laurel Chief Administrative Officer Dennis Keveryn said the city's garbage, water, and sewer rates must increase in order for the city to meet the necessary demands to improve its public utilities.
Keveryn said "We are going to have to propose to the council that we go up a little on garbage, water and sewer because of all the investments that we are having to make. The garbage rate we are recommending for residential customers will be $1.00 a month increase. Water and sewer increase will be 76 cents for the minimum user of 3 thousand gallons."
Keveryn added, if you should exceed 3000 gallons of water per month and live in the city, your bill would increase by $2.62 and $4.18 for sewer. Those outside the city can expect a $6.27 increase. Keveryn said the city does not have any other options to keep from increasing rates.
"What we are faced with in the next year or so we are going to have to put in a new water well, that will cost about a million dollars. We have a current well that has taken on sand that we are going to have to rebuild.
The council is expected to vote on this issue during next weeks council meeting.