Berlin agrees on new sewer, water rates
BERLIN, Md. – The Town of Berlin has come to an agreement on their new water and sewer rates.
The town has agreed to raise water rates by 5% and waste-water rates by a staggering 25%.
They say their waste-water treatment plant is getting more expensive each year, so raising the sewer rate would help them to stop borrowing from their general fund to pay for the service.
The town hopes the steep sewer rate increase would encourage more Berlin residents to cut back on their water usage, which is something that would benefit the environment while also reducing demand on the town’s waste-water treatment plant.
Berlin Mayor Gee Williams said, “So I guess it’s a matter of pay as you go or pay now a little more than you have been paying, but there’s no doubt that it’s the environmentally responsible thing to do.”
These rates won’t be finalized until the town’s budget is passed.
The budget won’t be officially approved until this coming Monday at the earliest.