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WSSC Proposes 3.5 Percent Rate Increase, Seeks Public Input

Last week, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission published its Preliminary Proposed FY18 Operating and Capital Budge. The $1.4 billion proposed budget is 0.8 percent or $10.8 million more than the FY17 Approved Budget and includes a combined 3.5 percent average increase in water and sewer rates.

The rate increase will add approximately $1.46 per month to the bill of a customer using about 137 gallons per day. The proposed increase meets the allowable increase in the Spending Affordability Guidelines approved by Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Even with the proposed increase, WSSC rates will continue to be favorable when compared to comparable water and sewer utilities, the company said in a release.

The higher bills would go into effect on July 1.

“The proposed budget reflects WSSC’s continued commitment to its mission to provide safe and reliable water and return clean water back to the environment, all in an ethical, sustainable and financially responsible manner,” said the press release.

Montgomery County residents are invited to a public hearing being held tonight in Rockville to weigh in on the WSSC’s proposed budget. The Montgomery County public hearing begins at 7:30 p.m. in the 7th floor Council hearing room at the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville.

A second hearing will be held in Prince George’s County on Feb. 2 at 7:30 pm RMS Building, Room 308, 1400 McCormick Drive in Largo.

A formal budget document is now available at wsscwater.com/fin for customers to review in advance of the upcoming public hearings. Written comments can be submitted electronically to BudgetGroup@wsscwater.com, or mailed to Letitia Carolina-Powell, Budget Group Leader at WSSC, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707.