Sewage rates could go up

April 22, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Sanitation rates could soon be going up for Portsmouth residents. Portsmouth City Council discussed raising those rates as a part of the Mayor’s conference agenda following Monday night’s legislative session.

Mayor David Malone was expected to ask Council to bring forward legislation to increase the sanitation rates, which have not been raised since 2008.

Malone said the city currently has 7,471 active sanitation accounts and the present rates are $13.86 per month for non-seniors. That rate would go to $14.97 per month. The current $10.59 for seniors would raise to $11.44 per month. The current rate of $12.19 for others (PMHA,etc.) would go up to $13.17.

Malone said the increase in rates would generate approximately $93,000 in addition revenue per year for use in the sanitation department. That revenue, Malone said, would be used for maintaining existing equipment and the purchase of trucks and tipper cans.

“The city currently has the lowest rate of any of the local major sanitation carriers and has not asked for any fuel surcharge since fuel prices started rising several years ago,” Malone said.

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