City mulls senior sewer discount

Published on Thu, Nov 6, 2008 by Tara Nelson

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City mulls senior sewer discount

By Tara Nelson

Low-income seniors and those on disability could keep their sewer bill constant even amid planned rate increases if Blaine City Council finds the results of a study favorable.

During their regular meeting October 27, council members agreed to postpone a decision on a routine annual rate increase for the city’s sewer services to explore the possibility of freezing already-discounted rates for low-income seniors and the disabled.

Such individuals currently pay $48.75 per month for the single-family unit.

Under the proposed rate schedule, however, the rate for low-income seniors would would increase to $54.60 per month, while the monthly bill for the standard ratepayer would increase to $73, up from $65.19.

“The concern was that a rate increase at this time might be particularly hard on that segement of the population,” said Blaine Public Works director Steve Banham.

If council approves the rate freeze, the projected increase to the average ratepayer would be about .14 cents, or $73.14.

The council is scheduled to make a decision at their next meeting at 7 p.m. November 10.