According to Jay Bennett, Director of Public Service and Community Development, funds have been decreasing over the past year due to more city projects and construction costs so an increase was needed in order to provide sufficient funds for future projects in Zanesville.
“Sewage rates go up seventy cents on the base cost and also another 20 cents per one hundred cubic feet. So depending on that volume of water you use, it would certainly make a difference on your monthly increase on sewer,” said Bennett.
Bennett said while the increase in sewage prices may cause issues for people who already have issues paying for utilities, United Way’s 211 service is offering a helping hand to those who need support.
The increase in sewage rates will take effect on June 1st along with the increased water rates.