May 16, 2012 9:00 AM by AP
HAMMOND, La. (AP) - The Hammond City Council has agreed to hold a public hearing and vote on a proposed ordinance raising sewer and water rates by 4 percent in the new fiscal year starting July 1.
Mayor Mayson Foster tells The Advocate the city has not increased its sewer and water rates since 2008 even though costs of operating the utility systems have risen considerably since then.
The mayor said the increase in fees is necessary to maintain a balanced budget in the Sewer and Water Fund.
Foster told the council Tuesday research had determined Hammond residents pay considerably less for their water and sewer service than other municipalities of similar size.