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Service authority will hear comments on rate changes

Rate hikes are in the future for some water and sewer customers, while others will see decreases.

 

On Thursday at 7 p.m. the public will have an opportunity to comment on these rate changes when the Halifax County Service Authority Board of Directors holds a public hearing in the conference room of the authority’s offices located on Houghton Avenue in South Boston.  

Authority Executive Director Willie Jones said residents living in the urban planning area who use 7,000 gallons every billing cycle are expected to see an increase of 35 cents in their water charges. 

The overall average increase for those living in the urban planning area will be .56 percent in the water rates and 1.4 percent in the sewer rates. 

“These changes are driven by the equalization requirement,” Jones explained. 

For those living in the Clover area, water rates are proposed to be lowered 15 percent, and the sewer rates may be raised 6.3 percent to provide more balanced cash flows to meet the Rural Development requirement that water and sewer revenues are sufficient to support each respective cost center, Jones said. 

 For the Virginia International Raceway, the water and sewer rates are proposed to increase 22 percent to cover increased costs for treatment of the sewer by Pittsylvania County and the City of Danville, Jones noted. 

An agreement between the authority and these localities, which reduced the charges for a period of two years, has expired, and the costs have returned to previous levels, Jones said.

 The proposed rates are expected to take effect Jan. 1.

If these rates are adopted after the public hearing Thursday, the following breakdown of proposed rates shows what authority customers will pay:

 

Water

South Boston residents who use 0-24,000 gallons of water currently pay $4.25 per 1,000 gallons and are expected to see their water rates increase to $4.30. Those using between 24,000 and 500,000 gallons now pay $2.75 per 1,000 gallons and are expected to see water rates increase to $3. South Boston residents using over 500,000 gallons now pay $2.65 per 1,000 gallons, and their water rates are expected to increase to $2.80.

• South Boston out of town residents using 0-24,000 gallons now pay $5.25 and are expected to see their water rates decrease to $5.10. Those using 24,000-500,000 gallons now pay $3.35, and their water rates are expected to increase to $3.40. Those using over 500,000 gallons will continue to pay $3.25.

• Halifax residents using 0-7,000 gallons of water now pay $4.25 per 1,000 gallons and are expected to see rates increase to $4.30, and those using 7,000-24,000 gallons now pay $4.55 per 1,000 gallons and can expect to see rates decrease to $4.50. Halifax residents using 24,000-500,000 gallons now pay $4.20 and will see rates decrease to $4.10 per 1,000 gallons, and those using over 500,000 now pay $3.75 and will see rates decrease to $3.65.

Riverdale residential users of 0-24,000 gallons of water now pay $4.75 and are expected to see rates decrease to $4.70, and those who use 24,000-500,000 gallons now pay $3.75 and are expected to see rates decrease to $3.70 per 1,000 gallons.  Residential Riverdale users of over 500,000 gallons now pay $3.50 and can expect to see rates decrease to $3.40.

Non-residential Riverdale users of 0-7,000 gallons now pay  $5.25 and are expected to see rates decrease to $5.10, and those using 7,000-24,000 gallons now pay $4.75 and are expected to see rates decrease to $4.70. Non-residential Riverdale users of 24,000-500,000 gallons now pay $3.75, and their rates are expected to decrease to $3.70 per 1,000 gallons, while those using 500,000 will continue to pay $3.25.

• Clover residents using 0-24,000 gallons now pay $6, and rates are expected to decrease to $5.10 per 1,000 gallons. Those using over 24,000 gallons will continue to pay $5.

• Virginia International Raceway now pays $8 per 1,000 gallons, and rates are expected to increase to $9.75.

 

Sewer

• South Boston in town residents using 0-24,000 gallons will continue to pay $5.25 for sewer, and those using 24,000-500,000 now pay $4.75 per 1,000 gallons for sewer. They will see an increase to $4.85 per 1,000 gallons. In town South Boston residents using over 500,000 gallons now pay $4.50 per 1,000 gallons for sewer, and rates are expected to increase to $4.60.

• Out of town South Boston residents using 0-24,000 gallons will continue to pay $5.25 for sewer, and those using 24,000-500,000 gallons will continue to pay $4.90. Out of town South Boston residents using over 500,000 gallons now pay $4.60 for sewer, and rates are expected to increase to $4.70 per 1,000 gallons.

• Metered residents in the Town of South Boston using 0-24,000 gallons will continue to pay $5.25 per 1,000 gallons, while those using 24,000 to 500,000 gallons now pay $4.75, and their rates are expected to increase to $4.85. Metered residents in the Town of South Boston using over 500,000 gallons now pay $4.50, and rates are expected to increase to $4.60 per 1,000 gallons.

• Metered residents outside the Town of South Boston using 0-24,000 gallons will continue to pay $5.25 for sewer, and those using 24,000-500,000 will continue to pay $4.90. Metered residents outside the Town of South Boston using over 500,000 gallons now pay $4.60 per 1,000 gallons, and rates are expected to increase to $4.70.

• Halifax residents using 0-24,000 gallons will continue to pay $5.25 per 1,000 gallons for sewer, and those using 24,000-500,000 now pay $5.05, and their rates are expected to decrease to $5.  Halifax residents using over 500,000 gallons will continue to pay $4.70.

• Riverdale residential area users of 0-24,000 gallons will continue to pay $5.25 per 1,000 gallons for sewer, and those using 24,000-$500,000 will continue to pay $4.90 per 1,000 gallons.  Riverdale residential area users of over 500,000 gallons now pay $4.60, and their rates are expected to increase to $4.70.

• Riverdale non-residential users of 0-24,000 gallons will continue to pay $5.25 for sewer, and those using 24,000-500,000 gallons now pay $4.75, and their rates are expected to increase to $4.85. Riverdale non-residential users of over 500,000 now pay $4.65 per 1,000 gallons, and their rates are expected to increase to $4.70.

• Clover residents using 0-24,000 gallons now pay $6.35 for sewer, and rates are expected to increase to $6.75 per 1,000 gallons, and those using over 24,000 gallons now pay $5.75, and their rates are expected to increase to $6. 

• Virginia International Raceway now pays $8 per 1,000 gallons, and their rates are expected to increase to $9.75.  

In other business, the board is slated to discuss the process for extending new water and sewer mains for private development and review modifications to the refund process during the public hearing. 

The board also plans to review the pay and promotion plan modifications.

Prior to the public hearing, the board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. when it is slated to discuss the Maple Avenue and Leigh Street projects, review priorities from the retreat and review the November finance report.

Following the meeting and public hearing, the board will go into closed session to discuss a personnel issue relating to a specific individual and the acquisition of real property for a public purpose where the discussion in an open meeting will adversely affect the bargaining position of the public body.