For non-Hattiesburg residents and businesses that are connected to the city’s sewage system, water and sewer bills will increase.
During a special called meeting Monday afternoon, the Hattiesburg City Council voted to repeal the current ordinance for sewer rates, and replace it with an ordinance that will double the rates for some.
“It brings uniformity to what we charge the residents, whether you live in the city, whether you live outside the city, it makes everybody the same,” City Council President Kim Bradley said.
A Hattiesburg resident currently pays a minimum sewer bill of $13.34, meaning those outside the city will be charged a minimum of $26.68.
“If you live outside the city you are going to pay double that sewer fee, you’re not paying your taxes to be part of the city, and the cost will be a double sewer bill,” Bradley said.
Hattiesburg City Clerk Kermas Eaton said the adopted ordinance will go into effect in 30 days. Bradley added the new contracts that will show the amended change will have to be written up and the customers that live outside the city limit will have a six-month period before the rates increase, so a change to their billing could happen much later than the time the ordinance officially takes effect.
Bradley said some of the next steps will be figuring out how to handle apartment complexes in the city as well as people who are considered industrial users, because they fall under different ordinances.
“This would just help get everyone on the same page and moving in the same direction,” Bradley said.