WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Cape Fear Public Utility Authority customers will soon see an increase in their sewer and water bills.
The board voted Wednesday to adopt a uniform rate structure which will go into effect May 1.
According to CFPUA, the new structure moves away from the current three-tiered system to one that uses a set rate for ALL customers.
The new structure is necessary in order to fund more than $25 million in future sewer and water infrastructure projects, in addition to addressing the increased operating costs and service on CFPUA's debt.
CFPUA officials said an average residential customer will see their bill increase $5.95 a month or $11.92 every billing period (every other month).
A news release from CFPUA says, "The new structure provides all residential and non-residential customers with the same rate for ALL usage at the approximate cost of water production, $3.42 per 1,000 gallons."
CFPUA's Board voted on the uniform rate structure in an 8-3 vote. No other votes were taken.
"CFPUA's board and staff reviewed a variety of proposals so we could come up with what we think is the best structure to appropriately balance the impact on our customers with the overall benefit of ensuring our water and wastewater systems are sustainable for years to come," said Matt Jordan, CFPUA CEO. "The board took into account the need to invest in our infrastructure and properly operate our water and wastewater systems while keeping the impact of a change in our rate structure to a reasonable level. We believe this approach balances those needs for the betterment of the community we serve."
Waiting to spend
Board members voted to hold off on the next step of the Marquis Hills and Heritage Park projects.
Money that was previously approved by the board will be shelved for two weeks, according to CFPUA spokesperson Mike McGill.
The money was set aside for engineer and design work, but McGill said board members wanted to wait until the next meeting to start the process.
Board members cited concern of spending the money only when they're certain the projects will move forward.
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