Baton Rouge sewer rates increase for 2018

BATON ROUGE (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - Baton Rouge residents will see a four percent sewer rate increase in 2018.

This rate increase is no surprise to Baton Rouge residents. The city-parish has been instituting a four percent sewer rate increase since 2004 to pay for sewer upgrades.

The federal government first ordered East Baton Rouge to fix its outdated system in 1988. The Environmental Protection Agency expanded its requirements in 2002.

The public works director for capital improvements, Mark LeBlanc, said the typical family could see prices go up to $51 per month. However, LeBlanc said that number depends on how much water someone uses.

"If you use less, your bill will be less than $51," LeBlanc said. "If you use more, then it will be more than $51."

The construction is expected to wrap up by the end of this year, but the rate hikes are far from over.

"I think I mentioned to the council in the budget hearings in November there were several questions about whether the increase could be stopped," LeBlanc said. "I told them not at this time because we did not reach our peak level of debt service or principal interest payments yet."

He said there will be a four percent increase every year until at least 2025. LeBlanc said after 2025 the rates might be able to freeze at the 2025 rate, but prices will never dip back down to the levels they were before construction.






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