Customers of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority will see an increase in their bills by July. A spokesperson said the proposed rate increase could go up anywhere from five to nine percent. There are a few options on the table; a hike in fixed fees or on water consumption. The increase would bring in around $170 million the authority says it needs for updating the system and financing a new treatment plant. The authority plans to hold a public hearing later this month on the issue.
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