By Ashley Withers
Cape Fear Public Utility Authority customers are likely in for another rate increase next budget year.
The authority board finance committee held a special meeting Thursday morning to discuss options for the increase, which CFPUA staff members said will help cover "variable expenditures" such as electricity.
The authority board moved to a uniform rate structure in May. Under this structure, the cost per thousand gallons is $3.42 for water and $4.21 for sewer for both residential and non-residential customers. CFPUA officials said this was the actual cost of the water and wastewater.