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Effingham County Commissioners to discuss water rate increases at meeting

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EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

The Effingham County Commissioners are meeting for a workshop to discuss the water rate increases that have left thousands of people upset.

The rates went up almost two months ago, and in some cases, bills doubled.

The public commission is expecting a huge turnout at Tuesday night's meeting, and also some negative comments from citizens.

Effingham County Commissioners unanimously approved the new rates at their May 6 meeting, saying they needed to raise them because costs have gone up, but they say now they had no idea it would be this much.

Commissioner Vera Jones has taken the brunt of this because over 80 percent of people who use the county water system in her district. She said that the commissioners did not initially understand how big of an increase this would be, that it was a mistake, and they will vote to fix it tonight.

Base rates for water and sewage have double, from $10 to $20 for residential water rates and from $15 to $30 for residential sewage rates. Usage rates have also gone up.

The water rate hike is the first item on the agenda at Tuesday night's meeting. The commissioners will make a few statements and then they will take public comment, and finally a vote.

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