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Mar 22, 2013 9:32 AM by AP

Harahan council approves increases in sewer fees

HARAHAN, La. (AP) - Harahan's minimum sewer fees will jump 43 percent for residences, 71 percent for businesses, effective July 1.

The Times-Picayune reports the city council approved the boost in a 5-0 vote Thursday.

City officials said the extra revenue is needed to repair Harahan's underground pipes and the 14 lift stations that help move wastewater to the treatment plant.

The ordinance raising fees also requires that they be reviewed annually and adjusted in accordance with the Consumer Price Index for utilities. The maximum increase is 5 percent.

Raising sewer fees also will free money in the general fund to pay for other government services such as recreation and the senior citizen center.

Mayor Vinny Mosca said the city spent $190,000 from the general fund last year to subsidize sewer operations.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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