Citizens will be able to use their phones to listen to the Louisa County Water Authority's public hearing on Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. on proposed water and sewer rate increases.
The authority added the phone option after it initially advertised that people could watch the meeting on the county website. People can also attend the meeting in person at the county office building, although there is a limit of 28 public speakers.
Rates are slated for an increase to cover growing operational costs, and the authority proposes a new $6 monthly administrative fee. The authority says it needs to raise rates so that can rely less on connection fees, which are paid when a new house or commercial structure is built. Connection fees are intended to pay for maintenance and upgrades, not operations.
The authority also proposes to lower the base rate from 4,000 to 3,000 gallons per month. The latter change will credit customers who have historically used less water each month than the base amount.
The current base water and sewer rates are $23.56 and $35.48 per 4,000 gallons. The new base rates would be $20.13 and $29.79 per 3,000 gallons.
The water rate per 1,000 gallons would increase from $5.89 to $6.71, and the sewer rate per 1,000 gallons from $8.87 to $9.93.
The following information for the meeting is from the county website:
Watch the meeting at this link: https://www.louisacounty.com/461/Live-Video-Board-Meetings
or listen online: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3626826628
or call to listen on a phone: 877 853 5247 and select meeting ID: 362 682 6628
For an opportunity to speak during the public hearing, call to have your name placed on a call-back list:
Before 4:30 pm on Wednesday, call 540-967-1122
After 5:35 pm on Wednesday, call 540-967-4565