The cost of electricity, water and sewer services is going up for Fayetteville residents.
The Public Works Commission on Wednesday approved rate increases that will go into effect in May. The estimated increase in the monthly costs for a typical family will be $12.97. PWC has said inflation made the rate increases necessary, CityView reported.
At previous PWC meetings, staff members cited the increased cost of water treatment and electric transformers and higher costs related to annexation in recent years.
The rate increases are the first decision made by newly appointed PWC Treasurer Chris Davis, who was sworn in by Mayor Mitch Colvin at the beginning of Wednesday’s meeting.
“I’m just glad to be a part of a team. I’ve been able to watch it from the sideline for years,” said Davis, a former Fayetteville City Council member. “It is a dynamic team, an amazing team, and I’m just proud to be part of it.”
The appointment to PWC took several months as the City Council, the body that decides who is appointed, did not come to a majority agreement until earlier this month at a council meeting.
PWC Chair Ronna Garrett said she understands the appointment process, even though it took some time for this decision.
“People are very passionate and care about where they live, and sometimes it’s frustrating when you have passionate voices who have an opposing view of what you might think is the proper thing,” Garrett said. “But I know one thing is for certain: This board, myself, this team, the city, all want one thing, and that’s for the greater good of this community.”
Ben Sessoms covers Fayetteville and education for CityView. He can be reached at email@example.com.