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 The City of Hamburg will host a public hearing in November to discuss raising sewer rates for those on the municipal and rural water systems.

The public hearing will be at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the municipal courtroom in City Hall. The City Council will consider an ordinance adopting the proposed rate changes during its regularly scheduled meeting, which will follow at 5 p.m.

The proposed increase for sewer rates is fixed at a minimum monthly charge for the three sizes of water meter each user has.

For those who have a 5/8-inch meter, the minimum charge for the first 1,000 gallons or less of water used will be $7.40; for those who have a 1-inch meter, $10.50; and for those with a 2-inch meter, $38.

For the next 7,000 gallons, the charge will be an additional $1.50 per 1,000 gallons used. 

For all use over 8,000 gallons, the charge will be $1.40 per 1,000 gallons.

The public notice the council approved notes that, “All of the users of the Hamburg Municipal Sewage and Wastewater Works and the owners of property served by said Works shall have opportunity to be heard concerning the proposed rates or charges.”

The proposed change for the rural sewer rates for rural water customers would set the 1,000-gallon or less minimum charge at $7.40, while the next 6,000 gallons consumed would be charged $2 per 1,000 gallons.

For all consumption beyond 7,000, rural water customers would be charged $1.72 per 1,000 gallons on their sewer bills.

Those who use rural sewer service only and are not rural water customers — located primarily in the area known as Martinville — would have a flat monthly charge of $45.

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