By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 4, 2019
THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- Thomasville residents will soon see higher utility bills. The City Council voted unanimously to raise rates for water, natural gas, sewer and sanitation.
At the January 14 meeting, some residents were upset. They say it hurts many local families on social security and fixed incomes.
The City Council's vote approved a four-percent increase to water and sewer. It also made a six-percent increase to sanitation.
Residents say the costs can rack up quickly with the city's 'one bill pays all' method.
"For example, with water and sewer infrastructure, there are pipes that you don't see underneath the road beds and many of them are 60 to 90 years old, in need of replacement," said Chris White, Assistant Utilities Superintendent.
White says the last similar increase to water and sewer rates happened in 2016. He says the extra $600,000 collected are needed to cover costs for operating and improving infrastructure.
Officials are now encouraging residents to save by practicing more eco-friendly habits, to help with new water and sewer rates.
"You can do things like turning the water off when you're brushing your teeth. It's as simple as that," said White.
The city says a majority of residents can expect the new rates to reflect on their utility bill by next month.