BRADENTON — Bradenton residents could soon be paying more for their water and sewer service.
City staffers this morning recommended the City Council raise rates by 3 percent to help make up for an expected 6 percent revenue shortfall in the water and sewer fund.
For the average water user — a household that uses 5,000 to 6,000 gallons a month — an increase would add $1.98 to their monthly bill, said David Beauchamp, support services manager for the city public works and utilities department.
Beauchamp said the remainder of the revenue gap will come in the form of operations cuts and savings.
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Staff also asked the county consider raising what residents and businesses pay in stormwater utility fees. Residential customers would pay an extra 25 cents per month, and there would proportional increases for businesess.