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Larger increase for sewer being considered

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Covington's city officials discussed a potential increase for sewer customers living outside the corporate limits Tuesday. 

The issue was raised after looking at the recently proposed increase, which raises rates to $4.11 per thousand gallons from $3.95 for residents and to $5.51 from $5.30 outside the city limits. 

"We determined that our serwer rate ordinance, when we had the increases several years back, and then we decided to hopefully prevent large increases at any time, we raised the rates by the consumer price index," said mayor David Gordon. 

Somehow, he said, the outside rates were left out of those increases. 

"I think the outside rates should increase with the CPI, just like the inside rates," he said. "Otherwise, citizens within the city are supplementing those outside the city." 

Gordon asked that it be stipulated that the outside rates begin to be increased at the same rate as the inside rates. 

"I didn't notice them when I was reading through the ordinances, but you know, our inside rates ... our sewer bill is double our water bill," said alderman Jere Hadley. "The outside rate doesn't come up that way. I have to agree with the mayor. It's a tremendous difference - we're paying more than they are." 

The members of the Finance and Administration Committee voted to allow the rates to be reviewed and raised accordingly. 

At Tuesday evening's meeting of the board of mayor and aldermen, Covington resident Mary Vinson requested a flat sewer fee for those not connected to the main. 

On septic, she sees a variable increase in her bill even though she's not using it. 

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