Sewer and water rates increasing for Petal residents

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - According to Mayor Hal Marx, Petal residents will see a water and sewer increase beginning in November.
"We are looking at about a nine dollar overall increase for most Petal residents," said Marx. "Some residents will only have a six dollar increase if they're not on our water but they're on our sewer."

Mayor Marx says the lawsuit they filed against Hattiesburg plays a big part in the rate increase.

"We have the legal fees and the looming court battle with Hattiesburg that we have to take into account so we felt that it was time that we looked at adjusting our rates to take all those factors into account," said Marx.

Marx said people who use less than 2,000 gallons a month will not see their water bill increase, but regardless of that, several residents are not too happy about an increase at all.

"It seems to me like our mayor whenever he went into office he was going to hold all these rates down, it does not look like he's going to live up to what he said he was going to do," said resident Daniel Yeager. "I'm not too happy about it, it takes money out of my pocket."

"People who have fixed incomes can't afford it now, they shouldn't go up," said resident Christine.

Other residents understand the decision for an increase.

"I understand the necessity of it with the new sewage treatment in Hattiesburg and as a virtue of that fact our rates will necessarily have to increase," said resident Victor Shoemaker.

Marx said the city is trying to negotiate lowering resident's garbage bill, that way it will help offset the increase in water and sewer. 

A public hearing at Petal's City Hall is schedule for Tuesday, September 3 at 5:30 p.m. Marx said residents can attend the meeting and express their opinion about the increased rates.

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