Public hearing Nov. 12 in Hgtn. on proposed sewage rate hike

A public hearing will be conducted on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. on a proposal to increase sewage rates in Huntington by as much as 43 percent.

The hearing will be held in the council chambers on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington. It will be followed by a regular meeting of the Huntington Common Council.

The hearing is designed to give city residents a chance to comment on the proposed rate increase.

With a 43.4 percent rate increase, a homeowner using 4,000 gallons of water a month would see the sewage bill increase from $32.58 to $46.72 - an increase of $14.14 a month.

Revenue generated by the rate increase will help pay for the latest project in the city's quest to meet a state mandate to keep raw sewage from flowing into area streams. This project, known as the Rabbit Run project, will take place mainly on the west end of William Street. Once completed, excess water and sewage will be diverted to lagoons and slowly released into the treatment plant.

The estimated cost of the Rabbit Run project is $16.7 million.