Orleans Parish residents could pay more on water bills

Published: Sep. 19, 2012 at 10:00 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2016 at 8:56 PM CDT
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Orleans Parish water customers could soon pay more money on their Sewerage and Water Board bill.  And that's before factoring in proposed rate hikes.

The reason is that the S&WB has decided to forward last year's millage rate onto next year. That means, if your property value increased during the past year, you'll be paying more.

A FOX 8 source says the board passed this millage rate Wednesday, without any public input whatsoever. The millage will bring in about $4 million more to the Sewerage and Water Board -- again, that's before they put into place those proposed rate hikes.

The vote happened Wednesday morning at a board meeting, during which, we're told from a source, there was no discussion whatsoever on the topic.  It was simply passed.

The way it works is, if your property value has increased, you'll pay more money a month to the Sewerage and Water Board. If your home is worth about $200,000 and your property value did increase, you could pay about $10 more a month.

Janet Howard with the Bureau of Governmental Research says she can't believe there was no public input on the matter, saying, "To me, the really serious issue is not letting the public know that you're taking an action on a matter that directly affects their pocketbooks like that."

The millage hike will go before the City Council in the next month or so for another vote.