On Nov. 8, the Williamsport Town Council will have a special meeting to have the first reading of the new water ordinance, which will be adopted at the Nov. 27 meeting.
The meeting will take place at the town hall at 7:30 p.m.; but if the community turnout is too much for the town hall, the reading will be moved to the Williamsport Fire Station.
Town Council President Dave Banta said the rates need to increase to be able to qualify for grant money of $700,000. The grant would go toward the improvement and replacement of the sewer and water systems.
“We need the increase for the federal government to give us money,” Banta said.
Banta relayed information to those gathered about what the increases will look like with an average of 4,000 gallons used a month and stressed these are rough estimates based on averages. For sewer the average before the increase for 4,000 gallons was $37.30 and after will be about $55. For water the average was $24.36 which would go up to $29.67. Storm water would also be an additional $4 a month. This would see an average increase of roughly $30
The meeting of Nov. 27 will be the second reading and public hearing of the ordinance with the council to vote on it. The location is not yet determined.