ABITA SPRINGS, LA (WVUE) - The FOX 8 Defenders have learned the Louisiana Public Service Commission voted in favor Wednesday of a measure that's expected to lessen the impact on North Shore residents dealing with higher utility bills. Instead of a one-time increase, waste water rates for Utilities Inc. customers will be phased in over a three year period.
The base waste water rate for many residential customers for example will start at $24.50 in year one and climb to $29.70 in year three. The PSC says at the end of that third year, rates will remain at those levels. The PSC also tells us, the company has agreed to develop level billing to be implemented no later than January 2017.
For the last nine months, residents in several St. Tammany subdivisions had complained of utility bills that had doubled and tripled in some cases. Utilities Inc. says that revenue would pay for costs incurred to make system improvements.
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