The Shelton City Commission unanimously approved a 15% increase in sewer rates Tuesday. This increase goes into effect in February of next year. According to the City Public Work Director, Greg Clark, there are also 10% increases in 2015 and 2016 with 5% annual increases after that through 2020:
Although not happy with the increase, Commissioner Mike Olsen was in favor of the larger increase:
Commissioner Dawn Pannell called the increase more equitable:
The City may also need to increase water rates in the next couple of years in order to complete needed improvements to what is called the Upper Mountain View Pressure Zone. Those improvements, if the City is able to fund the projected $5.5 Million costs, include increasing water storage and reliability. The water rate increase could be 5% as soon as 2015. However, city officials are still looking for other funding sources that could reduce the impact to ratepayers.