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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new year will 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 today discussed how to apply 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 be applied to bills until July. 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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Carey Disney Ricks
2015 years 11 months ago

1. CFPUA did not discuss if or how to use the additional 5% of funds. The 5% was decided last year as needed revenue to cover a bond sale vetted and voted on last year. What was discussed was how to apply the rate increase within the rate structure; would the volume charges go up, would the fixed costs go up, would there be any changes to the tier structure itself etc. What was decided was to apply the 5% to the fixed water cost and to the sewer volume. Again, this is a rate increase voted on, publicized, reported… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

Wait, they want to raise rates but they don’t know where they want to use the extra cash? If they don’t already know where the funds are needed, then I say that they don’t need to raise rates. I’d have been at the meeting to speak if I knew that the meeting was going to take place.

2015 years 11 months ago

Congratulations on scheduling a meeting in the middle of the day when people don’t attend meetings then patting yourself on the back because no one disagrees with you. Even our errant commissioners schedule their meetings in the evenings so people can attend. Ha! You must be so proud.

2015 years 11 months ago

You don’t listen, so what’s the point? I was raised to not spend money if you don’t have it, apparently you were not. If only you realized how dumb it is to charge people a $25 basic customer fee then $6 for two months of water use. Can’t you take a hint? We’re cutting back to keep from paying you more for a service not provided. When people leave NHC because they can’t afford the charges for the services, who will fund your projects then? It sure makes more sense to scale back projects and build your customer base before… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

From the story: “That tells me one of two things: either they don’t care, or they think we’re doing a good job,….”

No, it means we are smart enough to know it would be a complete waste of time to talk to you blockheads. Just like city council, you will do as you please and screw anybody that doesn’t like it.

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