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CFPUA floats five-percent rate hike

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new year may mean more money on your Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Bill. But is an increase worth it or just money down the drain?

The CFPUA Board is considering a five-percent increase to fees for water and sewer services. That would average out to about six dollars more on your bi-monthly bill.

The board discussed the increase at today’s meeting, but it will not make any decisions until its April meeting. Members say the increase is to pay for projects in Wilmington that were part of the 2012 budget, like the 3rd Street Improvement Project.

Although many customers have complained about rate increases, no one signed up to speak at today’s public hearing. CFPUA Board members say the lack of opposition makes them feel like they’re on the right track.

“That tells me one of two things: either they don’t care, or they think we’re doing a good job, and they understand that the rate increases that we’ve had to implement were something that was needed and not something that came from a whim by this board,” CFPUA Board member and Wilmington City Councilman Charlie Rivenbark said.

Rivenbark says he knows not everyone is pleased with the increase, but those people do not usually show up to voice their opinion to the board.

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