Charles Town/Ranson sewer rates to increase

CHARLES TOWN – Sewer rates in both Charles Town and Ranson, both served by the Charles Town Utility Board, are set to increase soon due to increased costs, the result of what town officials call “unfunded mandates” from efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

Sewer rates in Ranson are set to tick up from $16.74 to $23.66 per gallon on the first 2,000 gallons. The Charles Town Council is currently reviewing an ordinance that would increase the rate from $7.96 to $13.84 per gallon on the first 2,000 gallons.

The increases will go to pay for sewage treatment plant improvements, including an expansion and improved treatment systems at the Tuscawilla Wastewater Treatment Plant.

It is possible that rates could fall again once the towns are able to get state funds enabled by SB 245, a bill written by Sen. Herb Snyder, which is designed remove some of the costs from ratepayers. Those funds will be gathered by floating a state bond. The details of the bond are still being worked out by state officials.

– Bryan Clark

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