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Vicksburg to vote on proposed water, sewage rate increase

The proposed increase in water and sewer rates will be voted on next month. Source: WLBT The proposed increase in water and sewer rates will be voted on next month. Source: WLBT
VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Vicksburg residents could soon be paying more for water and sewer usage.  

According to Mayor George Flaggs, a special committee was appointed by the city to review the city's rate structure and recommends the proposed rate hikes.

“What we are doing is, we're trying to charge residents a minimum of $1.31, that’s if you use less than 2,000 gallons," said Mayor Flaggs. "The only way it's gonna start affecting you is if use more than more than 2,000 gallons."

Flaggs says the extra money will go to good use, especially as the city continues to battle with water and sewer problems. He says the aging water treatment plant has caused several water outages over the past few years.

You can see the proposed rate increases below: 

While some residents and business owners support the decision, others say city officials have a lot of work to do before they start raising bills.

“That is horrible because a lot of people can't afford them to go up," said one resident. "We are having trouble right now paying those bills."

“I think it shouldn't go up because people's check is not going in," another resident added. "People are not getting any raises."

One Vicksburg man admits he doesn't mind paying more money if it will help improve his services.

“It is a good thing if they are going to fix it," he said. "We want good water service.”

The size of your bill will be determined by how much you use.

The proposed increase in water and sewer rates will be voted on next month. 

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