Lingering concerns remain up in the air
by Daniel Valentine | Staff Writer | Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Without acknowledging continuing tensions between the two governments, Montgomery and Prince George's county council members last week approved the largest water and sewer service rate hike in 16 years.
The 9 percent rate increase for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission's 400,000 customers shakes out to about $4.47 more per month for the average user. The action was taken to balance the utility's $961.7 million budget for the next fiscal year, officials said.
Montgomery officials had supported the 9 percent increase from the start. Prince George's County initially had sought a 6.5 percent rate hike.