By Sarah Aslam
Wrangell Sentinel 

Assembly OKs 21% sewage rate hike, postpones water rate increase


March 30, 2022

A 21% increase in sewage rates will take effect in May, adding about $8.50 a month to a residential utility bill. The borough has not raised the rate since 2015 and anticipates costly upgrades will be needed to the community’s sewage treatment system to meet state and federal standards.

The assembly unanimously approved the increase at its March 22 meeting. Though a similar rate hike for water service was on the agenda, the assembly postponed action and set another public hearing on the issue for April 12.

In addition to the 21% boost in sewage service rates starting in May — from $40.74 to $4...

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