A $3 rate increase to water and sewage will go into effect today in Hogansville after the council voted to approve the city’s budget Monday night.
The $10,759,888 budget entails a $3 increase to the monthly base charges for water to accommodate the increasing cost of wholesale water, according to City Manager James Woods. The same increase for the base charges for sewer will start a three-year phased in increase to cover expenses for a new sewer plant.
Woods said the city had to come up with at least a $5 increase to generate revenue by the time the new plant opens in three years, so the the incremental increase will keep residents from paying a large amount at one time.
He projects the same $3 rate increase in the following year’s budget for sewer, then a rate increase the following year to fill the gap of the remaining revenue requirements.
The increases will be included in the next billing cycle.
The budget also contains a 3 percent raise for city employees and an increase in salary for job adjustments for four employees.